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Peter Kreeft

"Theology is always practical because nothing is more practical than living in reality, living in the real world," professor Peter Kreeft tells National Review Online in a Q&A about his latest book, Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Eileen Sweeney and Sarah Byers

The website History of Philosophy without any Gaps recently posted an interview with Prof. Eileen Sweeney (left) on the work of St. Anselm of Canterbury. This interview joins an earlier one by Assoc. Prof. Sarah Byers on St. Augustine. Hosted by Prof. Peter Adamson of LMU in Munich and King’s College London, the series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition, calling on experts on different figures and periods to offer their insights.

Dermot Moran

The Philosophy Department welcomes Dermot Moran as the current Gadamer Visiting Professor. He holds the Professorship of Philosophy (Metaphysics and Logic) at University College Dublin.

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. 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. For more information please visit

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 26, 12:00 noon, Stokes N325: Joseph S. O’Leary (Sophia University, Tokyo), The Self and the One According to Plotinus.” Philosophy and Theology Workgroup. Contact Andrew Prevot (Theology)

Thursday, March 12, 3:30 p.m., Stokes N325, BACAP Seminar by Dimitri Nikulin (New School), “Plotinus and Proclus on Evil and Matter.” Contact Gary Gurtler, S.J.

Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons, BACAP Lecture by Dimitri Nikulin (New School), “Proclus on Evil.” Commentator: Gary M. Gurtler, S.J. Contact Gary Gurtler, S.J.

Thursday, March 12 - Friday, March 13, Corcoran Commons Heights Room: Righteous Among the Nations: A Conference Exploring the Spiritual and Ethical Witness of Holocaust Rescuers. Sponsored by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. Contact James Bernauer, S.J. or Camille Markey (Conference Exhibit, Whoever Saves a Single Life . . . Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust will be on view in the Library of School of Theology and Ministry, 9 Lake Street, Brighton Campus.)

Friday, March 13, 4:00 p.m., Cushing 001: Ernest Fortin Memorial Lecture by Harvey Mansfield (Harvard University), "Tocqueville’s Machiavellian Reference”

Tuesday, March 17, 3:00-5:00 p.m., place TBA: LaBrecque Symposium on “Justice in Access to Healthcare.” Contact Patrick Byrne

Wednesday, March 18, 12:00 noon, Stokes N325: Stephanie Rumpza, “Jean-Luc Marion and the Icon.” Philosophy and Theology Workgroup. Contact Andrew Prevot (Theology).

Friday, March 20 - Saturday, March 21, place TBA: Spring Graduate Student Conference. Contact Kevin Marren

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 Association for Anselm Studies. For more information contact Professor Eileen Sweeney and visit


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