B.A., Providence College, 2008; M.A., philosophy, The Catholic University of America, 2011; Ph.D., philosophy, The Catholic University of America, 2016; Teaching Fellow, The Catholic University of America, 2011-2012; Independent Tutor, Wyzant, 2014-18; Adjunct Professor, University of Mary Washington, 2016-2018; Adjunct Instructor, Christendom College, 2017-2018; Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College, 2018-.
Growing up in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Michael Rubin considered himself a poor math student and had little interest in the subject. His mother knew why.
“I think you can do better,” she would say. “It’s just that you’re not checking your work!” So, when she home-schooled him for a year in middle school, she “very lovingly forced me to go over my work with a fine-tooth comb,” Dr. Rubin recalls. The discipline paid off. “Suddenly I discovered that, when I put in the effort to do it right, I did really well,” he says. “And I discovered that I loved math: the knowledge that you get from it, being able to know something with total certainty, and the beauty in seeing how things have an exact proportion.”
Dr. Rubin’s zeal for mathematics led to a love for philosophy: “I enjoyed proving things, reasoning, figuring things out.” So as an undergraduate at Providence College, he majored in both. Yet when he had to choose between the two, he opted for philosophy, going on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees at the Catholic University of America. While there, and in a one-year assignment at Christendom College, he taught philosophy to undergraduates, but found the idea of being limited to a single discipline “depressing.”
He is therefore delighted that, as a member of the Thomas Aquinas College teaching faculty, he is required to teach across the curriculum. This year he is teaching Sophomore Natural Science, Freshman Theology, and Sophomore Philosophy. “I have always had a deep desire to know, as much as possible, the things that are worth knowing,” Dr. Rubin says. “Here that is not a problem! The program itself encourages tutors and students alike to always be learning.”
- Review: Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism, by Albert Camus, translated with an introduction by Ronald Srygley, Review of Metaphysics 63/2 (December 2009): 465-67.
- Review: Aquinas on Beauty by Christopher Scott Sevier, Review of Metaphysics 70/4 (June 2017): 881-82.
- “The Places of ‘Thing’ and ‘Something’ in Aquinas’s Order of the Transcendentals,” The Thomist 81/3 (July 2017): 395-436.
- “Aquinas on Bodily or Sensible Beauty,” Patristics, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Conference, Villanova, PA, October 14, 2016.
- “Spiritual Beauty and Ugliness in Aquinas’s Ethics,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13, 2017.
- “Beauty, Goodness, and Truth: The Relational Transcendentals in Aquinas and von Balthasar,” Patristics, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Conference, Villanova, PA, October 14, 2017.
- “Aquinas’s Demonstrations of God as Truth, Goodness, and Beauty Itself,” Satellite Session on “The Metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas” at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Dallas, TX, November 17, 2017.
- “The True, the Good, and Their Relations to God: A Reply to Michael Waddell,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018.