Fr. Philip Neri Reese, O.P.
Dickinson College, BA
Dominican House of Studies, MA
Catholic University of America, MA
Hi! My name is Fr. Philip-Neri Reese, O.P. ("Fr. Philip-Neri" or "Philip-Neri" for short, though my students find even that too long, so they abbreviate it to "FPN"). I grew up in Maryland, the land of blue crabs and Old Bay, where my mom, my dad, and both of my sisters all still live. My favorite dessert is hot apple pie, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a cup of black coffee. I hate exercise.
I made my solemn vows as a friar preacher in the Dominican Order in 2013 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2015. That means that my whole purpose in life is to draw close to Jesus Christ and preach the good news of his gospel. From 2015-2017 I served as both a visiting instructor in philosophy and an assistant chaplain at Providence College, which is run by the Dominican friars. I'm pumped to be starting the PhD program here at Notre Dame this year. I'm fascinated by questions of metaphysics and its methodology: can metaphysical inquiry yield knowledge (in a rigorous sense)? What sorts of questions should metaphysicians be asking and trying to answer? What is metaphysics even about? I'm also deeply interested in the Peripatetic philosophical tradition as it developed out of the Greek and into the Arabic and (especially) Latin thought-worlds. Both personally and as a member of the Dominican Order, I have a great love for the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas.