Shawn Floyd


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1997
  • M.A., Philosophy, Baylor University, 1992
  • B.A., Philosophy, Baylor University, 1989


  • 1999-Present, Professor of Philosophy, Malone University

Recent Scholarly Work

  • “Violence and the Obligations of Charity,” forthcoming in 2016. Proceedings of American Catholic Philosophical Association.
  • “Substatial Goodness and Nascent Human Life” HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum 3 (September 2015), 229-248. Special Issue on Goodness and Human Life. Guest Editor: Stephen Napier.
  • Editorial introduction for a special issue of Christian Scholar’s Review XXXIX (Summer 2010).
  • “Education as Soulcraft: Exemplary Intellectual Practice and the Cardinal Virtues,” Studies in Christian Ethics (August 2010), 249-266.
  • “Preferential Divine Love (Or, Why God Loves Some People More Than Others)” Philosophia Christi 11.2 (Winter 2009), 359-376.
  • “Aquinas and the Obligations of Mercy,” The Journal of Religious Ethics 37.3 (September 2009): 449-471
  • “Aquinas’s Philosophical Theology,” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Jim Fieser and Bradley Dowden eds., hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin.
  • “Morally Serious Pedagogy,” Christian Scholar’s Review 36 (Spring 2007), 245-261.

Teaching Assignments

  • The Seven Capital Vices
  • Dante and Aquinas (Junior Honors Seminar)
  • Current Issues in Applied Ethics
  • God and Natural Law
  • Renaissance/Modern Philosophy
  • Theories of Human Nature
  • Ancient/Medieval Philosophy
  • Ethics: God and the Good Life
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion