St. Mary's Seminary & University

Dr. John M. Macias

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

B.A., Benedictine College
M.A., Ph.D., Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas

Download CV

Dr. John Macias joined St. Mary’s Seminary in 2022. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. His dissertation focused on the political work of Alasdair MacIntyre. Dr. Macias has published articles on Thomistic natural law, politics, and education.

Dr. Macias brings experience and enthusiasm for teaching to St. Mary’s. He is deeply committed to the formation of good and holy priests, and he is eager to share the Catholic intellectual tradition with seminarians in their preparation for ministry. The gospel offers answers to the deepest needs of the human heart, and Dr. Macias passionately communicates the relationship of philosophy and faith to modern men and women. He has previously taught at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University, University of Mary, and St. Gregory’s University. Dr. Macias has also served the Church through teaching ethics and natural law within the context of training instructors for Creighton Model fertility care courses, as well as acting as lector during Mass.

Dr. Macias is a native of Wichita, Kansas where his mother and father still live. He has one sister, a nephew, and two nieces. During his free time, Dr. Macias enjoys golfing, musical theater and opera, and attending professional sports.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Philosophical Ethics
  • Epistemology
  • Political Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of the Human Person

Service to the Church

  • Teaching Ethical Framework of Creighton Model Fertility Care
  • Lector Ministry

Selected Publications

  • “Natural Law, the Common Good, and Economics: A Difficulty for Thomists” in Practical Rationality & Human Difference: Perspectives on and beyond Alasdair MacIntyre, eds. Sante Maletta, Dario Mazzola, and Damiano Simoncelli (Milan: Mimesis International, 2022).
  • “Deliberation and Society: Political Participation in Jacques Maritain and Alasdair MacIntyre,” Lex Naturalis 6 (2021): 24-50.
  • “The Liberal Arts amid Contemporary Social Structures: The Case of Frodo Baggins,” in Leisure and Labor: Essays on the Liberal Arts in Catholic Higher Education, ed. Anthony P. Coleman (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2020), 91-103.
  • “John Finnis and Alasdair MacIntyre on our Knowledge of the Precepts of Natural Law,” Res Philosophica 93 (2016): 103-23.
  • Book Review. Love and Politics: Persistent Human Desires as a Foundation for Liberation, by Jeffery L. Nicholas. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (2022): 511-14.
  • Book Review. Ethics under Capital: MacIntyre, Communication, and the Culture Wars, by Jason Hannan. International Philosophical Quarterly, 61 (2021): 242-44.
  • Book Review. Marxism, Ethics and Politics: The Work of Alasdair MacIntyre, by John Gregson. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 93 (2019): 757-59.

Online Resources

Recommended Reading

  • Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007).
  • St. Augustine, Confessions, trans. F. J. Sheed (Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, 2006).
  • E. F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 1973).
  • Luigi Giussani, At the Origin of the Christian Claim, trans. Viviane Hewitt (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1998).

“The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint.” Leon Bloy