Philosophy professor dies at 37

Asst. Prof. Peter Emmanuel Mara of the philosophy department passed away on Friday, August 18. Art by Janssen Judd Romero/THE FLAME

A UST Philosophy professor passed away on Friday, August 18.

The UST Department of Philosophy announced the death of Asst. Prof. Peter Emmanuel Mara on its Facebook page, describing him as a good educator and colleague.

He was 37.

The philosophy department called for financial assistance for Mara’s immunotherapy last July, a month after the UST Red Cross Youth Council posted on Facebook that Mara had cancer and called for blood donors.

The late professor began teaching at UST in 2008. He was the only Southeast Asian grantee for the Erasmus Mundus EuroPhilosophie scholarship from 2015 to 2017.

Mara graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy cum laude and completed his master’s degree in philosophy magna cum laude, both at UST.

In the same year, he became the associate editor of Kritike, the official open-access journal of the UST Department of Philosophy.

Mara specialized in the philosophies of Karol Wotjyla, better known as Pope John Paul II, and French thinker Henri Bergson.

Some of Mara’s papers include, “Beyond the Fault of the Capable Acting Person: Wojtyla and Ricoeur on Human Action,” “Rising Above Oneself: Karol Wojtyla’s Concept of Vertical Transcendence” and “Karol Wojtyla’s Theory of Consciousness.” F – with reports from M.M. Lizarte

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