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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

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

  • History of theories of the passions
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Medieval Notions of Science
  • Thomas Aquinas on Nature
  • Aristotle: Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric
  • Modernism and the Arts

Recent Publications

Logic, Theology and Poetry in Boethius, Abelard, and Alan of Lille: Words in the Absence of Things. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006.Anselm of Canterbury and the Desire for the Word, The Catholic University of America Press, 2012.

Anselm of Canterbury and the Desire for the Word, The Catholic University of America Press, 2012.

“Anselm and the Phenomenology of the Gift in Marcel, Sartre and Marion,” in Saint Anselm of Canterbury and His Legacy, pp. 385-404. Edited by Giles E. M. Gaspar and Ian Logan. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.

“Thomas Aquinas and the Difficulties of Reading the Natural Law Written on Our Hearts,” in Reason, Religion and the Natural Law, pp. 133-154. Edited by Jonathan A. Jacobs, 133-154. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

“New Standards for Certainty: The Reception of Aristotle's Posterior Analytics in the late 12th and early 13th centuries,” Uncertain Knowledge: Scepticism, Relativism, and Doubt in the Middle Ages, pp. 37-62. Edited by Dallas G. Denery II, Kantik Ghosh, and Nicolette Zeeman. Brepols, 2013.

“Abelard and the Jews,” in Rethinking Abelard: A Collection of Critical Essays, pp. 37-50. Edited by Babette S. Hellemans, E. J. Brill, 2014.

Reasoning about Nature in Virtue, Action and Law: The Path from Principles to Practice,” Diametros 38 (2013): 175-190.


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