Mary T. Clark

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Sister Mary T. Clark, RSCJ (born October 23, 1913) is an American academic and civil rights advocate. She is best known as a scholar of the history of philosophy, and is associated especially with Augustine of Hippo.


In 1939, Clark entered the Society of the Sacred Heart[1][2] after graduating Manhattanville College, which is now located in the Purchase section of Harrison, New York. Much of her life was subsequently spent at the college where she taught philosophy. Presently, she has the status of an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, and a Chair of Christian Philosophy at the College, from which she retired in 2011, bears her name.[3][4][5] She has remarked that the "gift I've received from my Manhattanville education was the realization that there is no freedom without truth."[6]

She was formerly the President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association,[7] of the Metaphysical Society of America, and of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy.[8][9] She also served on the Executive Committee of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association.[10] She currently serves as a Visitor of Ralston College.[11]

Clark was among the original Editorial Advisors of the scholarly journal Dionysius, to which she contributed a discussion of the relevance of Augustine's theology of the Trinity,[12] and was in addition a member of the Board of Editorial Consultants of the Personalist Forum.[13]

During the 1960s she led the Social Action Secretariat of the National Federation of Catholic College Students, which "initiated action, created literature, and hosted events during the civil rights era".[14][15][16][17][18]


Her books include Augustine, An Aquinas Reader, Augustine: Philosopher of Freedom (with Vernon J. Bourke), Logic: a Practical Approach (with Helen Casey), Augustinian Personalism, Discrimination Today: Guidelines for Civic Action, Augustine of Hippo: Selected Writings, and The Problem of Freedom.[19] She also contributed a chapter on Augustine's De Trinitate to The Cambridge Companion to Augustine[20][21] and translated the Theological Treatises on the Trinity of Marius Victorinus.[22]


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