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Eileen Carroll Sweeney

philosophy department


Eileen Sweeney


Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin

Stokes N221
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3857
Fax: 617-552-3874

Curriculum Vitae


Professional Career

Professor Sweeney joined the philosophy faculty in 1990.

Fields of Interest

  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Theories of the Passions

Current Teaching

  • Medieval and Modern Theories of the Passions
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Medieval Philosophy of Language
  • Augustine and Anselm
  • Theories of Metaphor
  • Greek Philosophy and Literature

Recent Publications

  • Eileen Sweeney: Anselm of Canterbury and the Desire for the Word.
    The Catholic University of America Press, 2012.
  • “Seeing Double: Thomas Aquinas and the Problem of Modernity through the Continental Lens,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 83, 3 (2009): 389-420.
  • "The Hermeneutics of Authenticity in Abelard's Historia Calamitatum and Letters," Poetics Today, vol 28. 2 (Summer 2007): 303-336.
  • "Literary Forms of Medieval Philosophy", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2002 edition). Edward N. Zalta (ed.). Revised and expanded, 2007.
  • "The Rhetoric of Prayer and Argument in Anselm," Philosophy and Rhetoric 38, n. 4 (2005): 355-78.
  • Logic, Theology and Poetry in Boethius, Abelard, and Alan of Lille: Words in the Absence of Things. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006.