Dr. Lewis Pearson

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in Philosophy

Email: lpearson@sf.edu

Professional Education

  • Honors Diploma Recipient (Undergraduate)
  • Degrees: Summa Cum Laude (Graduate, Undergraduate)
    • Ph.D. (Philosophy), Baylor University, 2009
    • M. A. (Philosophy), Baylor University, 2004
    • B. S. (Biology), Christian Brothers University, 2001
    • B. A. (English), Christian Brothers University, 2001
    • B. A. (History), Christian Brothers University, 2001
    • B. A. (Mathematics), Christian Brothers University, 2001
    • B. A. (Religion and Philosophy), Christian Brothers University, 2001

Presentations/Exhibitions/Performances

  • “Philosophy and Science.”  Workshops on faith and reason for Catholic School Mission Day at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, IN, at the request of the Office of Catechesis of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne—South Bend.  October 9, 2015.
  • “Fellowshipping with Students and Each Other.”  Organizer and panel chair for four panel workshops given for USF Employee Development Day.  October 6, 2015.
  • “Christ the Ultimate Encounter-ist”  Kick-off Speaker for Fort Wayne Theology on Tap 2015-16 “Living a Culture of Encounter” series at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, Spirits in Fort Wayne, IN.  September 17, 2015.
  • “Hearing through all the Noise:  How to Hear God’s Call in an Age of Distraction.”  Part of the University of Saint Francis Department of Philosophy and Theology Public Lecture Series.  August 27, 2015.
  • One of three presenters in the “Cocurricular Initiatives for Vocation Formation” concurrent session at the 2015 NetVUE Conference “Sustaining the Theological Exploration of Vocation,” held at St. Louis Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, MO.  March 27, 2015.
  • “Science and Religion: Twin Brothers, Not Bitter Rivals.” Workshops on faith and reason for Catholic Mission Day at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and at Marian High School in Mishawaka, Indiana, at the request of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. September 22-3, 2014.
  • “Demons and Watchers: Killing the Life of the Mind.” Part of the University of Saint Francis Department of Philosophy and Theology Public Lecture Series. August 28, 2014.
  • “Living Your Call.” Presentation to the USF Student Leader Welcome Weekend Mini-Retreat. August 21, 2014.
  • “Encouragements for a Catholic Education.” Presentation for St. John the Baptist School teachers In-Service day. August 11, 2014.
  • “Virtue and Manliness in Today’s Culture.” Presentation for Theology on Tap at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Kalida, Ohio. June 11, 2014.
  • “C. S. Lewis from a Catholic Perspective.” Invited panel discussant for the Forester Lecture Series panel discussion, C.S. Lewis: A Celebration of His Life, His Works, and His Continued Impact 50 Years After His Death, Huntington University. November 22, 2013.
  • “Gird Your Loins: Reading Kierkegaard and Job.” At the 2013 Baylor University Symposium on Faith and Culture, Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for our Time? November 1, 2013.
  • “Not Walmart.” (From Consumers to Communicants.) Invited presentation for “Wayfarer: Faithfest 2013 Diocesan Youth Rally,” Lakeview Middle School in Warsaw, IN. October 27, 2013.
  • “‘I’m Not Religious But I’m Spiritual’ and Other Odd Things We Say.” Part of the University of Saint Francis Department of Philosophy and Theology Public Lecture Series. August 29, 2013.
  • “Problems for Christians Who Want to be Modal Realists.” Presented with David Alexander (Huntington University) at the Society of Christian Philosophers Midwest Regional Conference, held at Georgetown College in KY. April 6, 2013.
  • Invited panel discussant for “Why You Should Care About Martin Luther King, Jr.,” an Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion (along with Dr. Thomas Schneider representing Political Science and Dr. Douglas Meador representing Economics) on the occasion of the University of Saint Francis’ annual “Acting on a Dream: A Day On, Not a Day Off” Martin Luther King, Jr. observance. January 23, 2013.
  • “Sacrificing Truth for Comfort.” Part of the University of Saint Francis Department of Philosophy and Theology Public Lecture Series. January 20, 2013.
  • “If That Were True, I’d Know It Already! Democratic Presumption and Democratic Despair.” At the Biennial Meeting of the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers, held at Union University. Conference Theme: Virtue and Moral Formation. October 6, 2012.
  • “Is Franciscan Leadership Political?” Panel presentation with Thomas Schneider (Political Science, University of Saint Francis) and Richard Kyte (Philosophy, Director of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership). At the Biennial Meeting of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities Summer Symposium at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. June 14, 2012.
  • “Thomas Aquinas on the Theological Virtue of Hope.” At Hope: A Conference on the Theological Virtues, D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, Viterbo University. March 31, 2012.
  • Invited panel discussant for “King and Labor: The Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike,” an Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion on the occasion of the University of Saint Francis’ “Acting on a Dream: A Day On, Not a Day Off” Martin Luther King, Jr. observance. January 24, 2012.
  • “Faith, Reason, and Some of their Modern-day Counterfeits.” Part of the University of Saint Francis Department of Philosophy and Theology Public Lecture Series. October 8, 2011.
  • “The God of Universals, Particulars, and Literature” (Looking at Homer and Tolstoy with the help of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger). At the Midwest Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, held at the University of Saint Francis. September 24, 2011.
  • “Force, Persuasion, and Wizardry: A New Triad Discovered in Plato’s Republic.” Philosophy and Theology Departmental Seminar Colloquium Presentation. September 8, 2011.
  • “Faith as a Prerequisite for Knowledge.” At Faith: A Conference on the Theological Virtues, D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, Viterbo University. April 1, 2011.
  • “Pacifism and Just War in the Christian Tradition.” Invited guest speaker for the Huntington University Philosophy Club. March 23, 2011.
  • “Of What Use are Philosophers? Addressing Age-Old Misconceptions.” Part of the University of Saint Francis Department of Philosophy and Theology Public Lecture Series. October 17, 2010.

Curriculum Vitae

View Dr. Lewis Pearson’s curriculum vitae.