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Jonathan Trejo-Mathys

With a great sense of loss the Philosophy Department announces the death of our colleague assistant professor Jonathan Trejo-Mathys on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Jonathan leaves his wife Magdalena (Maggie) Trejo-Mathys and two daughters, Maya and Micaela.

We are deeply grateful for Jonathan’s life, his work, and his presence among us.

A memorial Mass for Jonathan will take place at St. Ignatius Church, Chestnut Hill, MA on Saturday, December 6, at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.
BC Obituary

Eileen Sweeney

Philosophy Department faculty member Eileen Sweeney will assume the presidency of the Society of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy beginning this December for a two-year term. She has served on the executive committee for five years and as Vice President for the last two. The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy was founded in December 1978 to foster research and teaching in the field, to organize scholarly meetings and conferences, to publish a newsletter and support young scholars in the field, and to cooperate with other learned societies in projects of common interest. The annual business meeting along with sponsored sessions and reception will take place at the Eastern Division American Philosophical Association in Philadelphia, Dec. 27-30, 2014. For more information please visit

Marina McCory

'Hope means choosing to act in ways that lead me closer to what is good and loving, even though the future is often unknown and beyond my control.' Associate Professor of Philosophy Marina McCoy writes on the Examen, a Ignatian technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day, for DotMagis

Richard Kearney

On November 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Richard Kearney, Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy at Boston College, will speak on the topic, “Poetics of the Sacred.” Location: Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325. This event is sponsored by Boston University’s Institute for Philosophy & Religion. For details, please call 617-353-3067 or email

Jeffrey Bloechi

Christianity vs. secularism needn't be a zero-sum game, writes Associate Professor of Philosophy Jeffrey Bloechl for the Australian Broadcasting Co. Religion and Ethics Report

Eve Rabinoff

S. Eve Rabinoff, a former Philosophy Department teaching fellow who received her doctorate during the past year, has received an award from the Review of Metaphysics for her essay on Aristotle's ethics. BC Chronicle

Richard Kearney

In an increasingly virtual world, are people losing touch with the sense of touch itself? And if so, so what?, asks Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney in a piece published by the New York Times and the Irish Times.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 12
3:30 p.m., Stokes North 325, Boston College
BACAP Seminar by Aryeh Kosman (Haverford), “Reading Early Platonic Dialogues.” Contact Gary Gurtler, S.J.

Thursday, February 12
7:30 p.m., Walsh Function Room, Boston College
BACAP Lecture by Aryeh Kosman (Haverford), “Why the Gods Love What is God-Beloved: Euthyphro 10-11.” Contact Gary Gurtler, S.J.

The Philosophy and Theology Departments at Boston College will host an International Conference on St. Anselm of Canterbury at Boston College July 27-30, 2015. BC is partnering with Fairfield University and the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University, England to organize the conference, which will also serve as the inaugural meeting of the International Assciation for Anselm Studies. For more information contact Professor Eileen Sweeney and visit


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