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Pat Byrne

Ethical discernment

Self-appropriation can lead to objective judgments of value, Professor of Philosophy Patrick Byrne contends in his new book.

Emmanuel Falque

The Philosophy department welcomes Emmanuel Falque (Institut Catholique de Paris) as our Gadamer Visiting Professor this semester. He is a leading figure in the contemporary French effort to develop a philosophy that is at once grounded in phenomenological method and insights, and positively engaged with Christian theology. After early work on Bonaventure and other medieval thinkers, he has concentrated on phenomenological explorations of religious themes. Much of this has recently become available in English, including his trilogy published by Fordham University Press: The Metamorphosis of Finitude. An Essay on Birth and Resurrection (2012); The Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Eros, the Body and the Eucharist (2016); and Crossing the Rubicon. The Borderlands of Philosophy and Theology (2016).

Professor Falque will be on our campus August 28 - September 17 and October 22 - November 12. During these two periods, he will be teaching two courses in our philosophy department.


faculty members

This summer, a group of faculty walked the Camino de Santiago in preparation for leading future student groups for the course “Self-Knowledge and Discernment: The Experience of Pilgrimage”. Photo taken in the town square in Santiago, Spain, in front of the cathedral of Santiago. From L to R Micah Lott, David Storey, Eileen Sweeney, Holly Vande Wall, Andre Brouillette, SJ, Jeff Bloechl, and Marina McCoy.


Sebastian Purcell

The 2016 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought was awarded to Dr. L. Sebastian Purcell, who completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at Boston College in 2011.


Richard Balagtas

Richard Balagtas '16 has received a Fulbright grant for research in the Philippines. The research will be a continuation of his senior thesis examining organ trafficking and how the Philippines government has handled transplant tourism. BC News

Elina Callas

Eleni Callas '16, has been awarded the John Bapst, SJ, Philosophy Medal for outstanding overall performance in philosophy courses. Eleni's senior honor's thesis and scholar of the college project was, "How Free Am I? Where Neuroscientific Experiments Can Lead Philosophy Best" directed by Prof. Dan McKaughan.  

Maura McSweeney

Maura Lester McSweeney, Philosophy '17, (and beloved Philosophy work study student) has been awarded the prestigious Archibishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes a BC junior who best represents the values and ideals inherent in the life of Oscar Romero. Devotion to learning as evidenced by the student's academic record, and dedication to community service, both on and off campus, are the primary factors in determining the scholarship award. Above: Maura and her parents.  

Boston College Magazine

The voyage
Jeffrey Bloechl
's philosophy class was a test of mind, heart, and body.




Thursday, October 20
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Stokes North Rm. 325.

Philosophy Majors/Minors: Internships, Summer courses abroad and more

What can I know? What should I do? What can I hope for? – we know Philosophy answers these questions, but take some time to consider another big question: Where can you go with your Philosophy studies?

Learn about summer courses doing archeological excavation, studying architecture in Venice, walking the Camino in Spain. Hear about internships for Philosophy students.

Meet other majors, minors and faculty at this informational session. Enjoy some food and drink in this informal reception.

Friday, October 28 - Saturday, October 29
Fall Contemporary Philosophy Workshop "Desire and the Body: An Interdisciplinary Approach"
Keynote speakers include Emmanuel Falque, Teresa Fenichel, Andrea Staiti, Russell Grigg, Richard Kearney and Goncalo Marcelo.
Contact Sarah Horton,

Sunday, October 30
John Paul Lecture by David Neuhaus, S.J. "Towards the Ends of the Earth: Land in the Christian-Jewish Dialogue." Sponsored by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. Contact James Bernauer

Thursday, November 17
4:30 p.m. McGuinn 521
Fitzgibbons Lecture Series presents "The Fundamentality of Authority", a lecture by Mark C. Murphy, McDevitt Professor of Religious studies at Georgetown University.

Friday, November 18
Noon-1:30 p.m. Stokes 325N
Meeting of the Philosophy-Theology Research Group: Fr. Maximos Constas (Hellenic College, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology), Structures of Being in Dionysios the Areopagite and Maximus the Confessor. All are cordially invited. Contact

Friday, December 2
Noon-1:30 p.m. Stokes 325N
Meeting of the Philosophy-Theology Research Group: Frederick Lawrence (BC), TBA. All are cordially invited. Contact


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