Associate Professor (University of St. Thomas)
Gloria Frost is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Her areas of research are medieval philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of religion and history of science/medicine. Many people regard the middle ages a “gap” between antiquity and modernity with no significant intellectual development. Gloria’s work challenges this narrative by recovering medieval philosophers’ intriguing ideas and fruitful theories. She is currently finishing a book on Aquinas’s views on causation and causal powers; and she recently finished an article on medieval Aristotelian views on congenital disabilities. Other topics she has worked on include how God and creatures cooperate to cause effects and how God relates to modality.
In addition to teaching upper-level philosophy courses for majors, Gloria regularly teaches introductory philosophy courses which are required for all students as part of the University of St. Thomas’s core-curriculum. A central aim of her teaching is to make philosophy accessible and engaging for all students. Her core courses focus heavily on applications of philosophical theories to everyday life and include use of innovative digital materials. She recently began offering fully online versions of UST core courses.