Thomas Oberle



Graduate Student


St. George,


Roughly two years ago, Thomas was introduced to the thought of Aquinas and Aristotle for the first time. He was instantly hooked. He was, and still is, attracted to the systematic and privileged nature of Aristotelian/Thomistic metaphysics as a discipline and he was also captivated by the stark differences between the modern and pre-modern period. His interests have always been metaphysical and theological, and pursuing these interests has so far led him to fundamental questions about existence and the nature of being more generally.

Thomas is fascinated by the debate between what Peter van Inwagen calls ‘thick’ and ‘thin’ theories of existence and the broader implications this debate has for contemporary metaphysics and various topics within the philosophy of religion. More generally, Thomas is also interested in the relationship between science and religion. He hopes to learn more about the analytic tradition during his time at Toronto and to continue expanding his knowledge of the history of philosophy.

Research Interests:

Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy