Bachelor in Philosophy cum laude, Providence College, 1963. Master of Arts in Philosophy, St. Stephen's College, Dover, Massachusetts, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Ohio State University, 1971.
Certified, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1979.
Assistant professor Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1969—1976, department chair, 1973—1978, 1984—1987, 2008—2009, associate professor, 1976—1981, dean college, 1978—1983, professor philosophy, since 1981, director honors program, 1987—2002, Charles and Nancy Brickman distinguished service chair, 1998—2001, Maria Theresa Barney chair in philosophy, since 2004. Project reviewer National Endowment of the Humanities, Washington, 1979-1990, evaluator. Advisory board Midwest Faculty Seminar, Chicago, 1981-1990.
Visiting scholar University Oxford, England, 1984. Member scholarship committee Sherex Chemical Company, Dublin, Ohio, 1984-1992. Consultant St. Joseph College, 1980, 82, Defiance College, 1987, Franklin Pierce College, Ringe, New Hampshire, 1991, Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia, 1998, Luther College, 2005, Kenyon College, 2008.
Referee various philosophy journals. Lecturer in field.
Board management Granville History Society, 1987-2002. Precinct representative Democratic Party, Granville, since 1994. Convener Civil War Roundtable, Granville, 1989-1995.
Vice president The Granville Foundation, 2003-2009, president, 2004, 08, acting president, 2007. Member Granville Bicentennial Commission, 1996-2006. Member American Philosophical Association (program committee 2003, Teaching award 1994), American Catholic Philosophical Association vice president, 2004-2005, president, 2005-2006, executive council, 2004-2007), National Collegiate Honors Council, Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, International Thomas Aquinas Society, North-East Political Science Association, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Marianne Hedstrom, March 16, 1968. Children: Megan Catherine, Elin Elizabeth.