Mary T. Clark

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Sister Mary Twibill Clark, RSCJ (October 23, 1913 – September 1, 2014) was an American academic and civil rights advocate. She was best known as a scholar of the history of philosophy, and was 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. A Chair of Christian Philosophy at the College, from which she retired in 2011, bears her name.[3][4][5] She once remarked that the "gift I've received from my Manhattanville education was the realization that there is no freedom without truth."[6]

She served as 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] and towards the end of her life 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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  3. ^ Elizabeth Baldini. "Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy Lecture 2012". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
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  9. ^ "Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy - Society". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
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  11. ^ "Collegium Ralstonianum apud Savannenses - Home". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Department of Classics - Dalhousie University". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Editorial Team - The Personalist Forum - Philosophy Documentation Center". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Manhattanville College - Library. "The Social Action Secretariat - Publications (1960)". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
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  19. ^ "404". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "The Cambridge Companion to Augustine - Classical philosophy - Cambridge University Press". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "The Cambridge Companion to Augustine Cambridge Companions Online - Cambridge University Press". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "Read Theological Treatises on the Trinity - 1981 by Marius Victorinus. - Questia, Your Online Research Library". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 

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