Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Title: Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department: Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies
Office Location: Central Hall 305
Phone: 641-628-5110
Email: thomasma@central.edu


B.A. from University of Notre Dame
M.A. from Boston College
Ph.D. from Boston College

Areas of Expertise

German Idealism, metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics and the philosophy of technology

About Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas joined the faculty at Central College in 2015. His research focuses on German idealism — in particular, the relationship between freedom and the systematic structure of reality in Schelling’s philosophy. His first book is “Freedom and Ground: A Study of Schelling’s Treatise on Freedom” (published in 2023 with SUNY Press). He has also published articles in Schelling-Studien, Research in Phenomenology, Epoché and The Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

At Central College, the courses he teaches include Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, Modern Philosophy, Technology and Society, Philosophy of Art, and Memory and the Holocaust. He currently serves as the advisor to the Philosophy Club. He loves German language and culture and spent two years in Freiburg, Germany, while working on his dissertation. As an undergraduate, he studied music (organ performance) and he enjoys playing the organ and clavichord in his free time.