Jason Baxter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities

B.A. (Classical Philology), University of Dallas; M.A. (Italian Studies), University of Notre Dame; Ph.D. (Literature), University of Notre Dame

jbaxter@wyomingcatholic.edu

(307) 332-2930, x. 1103

Dr. Baxter has been with WCC for eleven years. His primary research interests include medieval and Renaissance ideas of beauty, the long-lived legacy of the thought of Plato, the poetry of Dante. He is also interested in medieval mysticism, humanism, the relationship between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and, increasingly, the relationship between science and the arts (you can read more about that on his personal website, JasonMBaxter.com).

At WCC, Dr. Baxter teaches humanities courses, as well as art history from antiquity through modernity. Dr. Baxter also teaches written rhetoric within the Trivium sequence and is responsible for designing Trivium 302, the Junior Author Project.

His scholarly publications include articles on the Platonic tradition in the Latin West, and writings on Dante. Dr. Baxter worked with Wyoming Catholic College’s Distance Learning Program to produce a free, eighteen-part introduction to the Comedy: “Dante in the Year of Mercy.” His A Beginner’s Guide to Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” which focuses on the spiritual meaning of Dante’s poetics, is available from Baker Academic. He has also published Falling Inward: Humanities in the Age of TechnologyAn Introduction to Christian Mysticism: Recovering the Wildness of Spiritual Life. He has made multiple media appearances, and frequently writes and speaks on his own experiences in travel, the relevance of the liberal arts, the relationship between humanistic studies and technology, and topics on Dante, for both popular and scholarly audiences.

His monograph, The Infinite Beauty of the World: Dante’s Encyclopedia and the Names of God (Oxford, UK: Peter Lang, 2020), explores the spiritual meaning of the Comedy’s famous “encyclopedism.” He is currently working on The Medieval Mind of C.S. Lewis (IVP, 2022),  a new translation of the Comedy, and a trade book tentatively entitled, What Were Humans?

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Articles

“Videmus Nunc per Speculum”: Toward a New Paradigm for Twelfth-century Naturalism.” Haskins Society Journal. (Forthcoming 2016)  “Series rerum: The Use and Transformation of Boethian Thought in Bernard Silvestris.” Special issue on the continental reception of Boethius of Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of the International Boethius Society (2016) “‘Noi siamo vermi nati a formar l’angelica farfalla’: Medieval Imitatio and Dante’s Poetics of Transformation in Purgatorio.” Dante Studies. (Invited to Revise and Resubmit) “Innominis / Omninominis: Bernard Silvestris’s Catalog Poem as Act of Divine Naming.” Special issue on Latin Platonism of Epekeina: International Journal of Ontology, History and Criticism, vol. 4, nos. 1‒2 (2014) “Through the Eyes of Landino: Dante, Natura, and the Poetics of Varietas.” L’Alighieri, vol. 43. (July 2014)

Scholarly Interests

Medieval ideas of beauty The long-lived legacy of the thought of Plato The poetry of Dante Medieval mysticism Humanism The relationship between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.