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Stephen F. Brown

theology department


Stephen Brown


Stokes N319
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-0436
Fax: 617-552-0437

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PhL, Ph.D., Université de Louvain
AM, Franciscan Institute
AB, St. Bonaventure University


Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1933. Married, with two children and one grandson. Previously taught at Siena College, St. Bonaventure University, The University of the South; at Boston College (since 1979). Have been Visiting Professor at SUNY, Buffalo; Yale University; and the Sorbonne. Presently, Director of the Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology.


Medieval Philosophy and Theology, especially 13th and 14th centuries.


Perspectives I & II
Medieval Theology I & II
Development of Theology as Scientific Discipline


President of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy; Vice-President of Société internationale pour l'étude de la philosophie médiévale; co-director of Transcoop Program between Boston College and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.


St. Bonaventure. The Journey of the Mind to God (1993); "Medieval Christian Philosophy" in The Columbia History of Western Philosophy (1999); Meeting of the Minds: The Relations between Medieval and Classical Modern European Philosophy, (ed. 1999); Aquinas: On Faith and Reason (1999), "Duo Candelabra Parisiensia" in Nach der Verurteilung von 1277 (2001); "The Theological Virtue of Faith: An Invitation to an Ecclesial Life of Truth" in The Ethics of Aquinas (2002).

Current research projects: A History of Medieval Theology (with Kent Emery and Georgi Kapriev); critical edition of Richard Fishacre's Commentarium in librum I Sententiarum; critical edition of the Prologue of Prosper of Reggio in Emilia's Commentarium in I Sententiarum.


Stephen F. Brown and Khaled Anatolios, Catholicism & Orthodox Christianity, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Facts on File, 2006.

Stephen F. Brown and Martha A. Morrison, Judaism, 3rd ed. New York, NY: Facts on File, 2006.

Stephen F. Brown, Protestantism, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Facts on File, 2006.

Stephen F. Brown, “The Theological Role of the Fathers in Aquinas’s Super Evangelium S. Joannis Lectura,” Reading John with Saint Thomas Aquinas: Theological Exegesis and Speculative Theology, eds. Michael Dauphinais and Matthew Levering. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2005.

Stephen F. Brown, twelve articles in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, eds. H.C.G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. (William of Alnwich, Nicholas of Ockham, Richard of Middleton, Roger Marston, Robert Fland, John of Reading, John of Walsingham, Robert of Walsingham, John the Canon, Simon of Faversham, Maurice O’Fihely).

Stephen F. Brown, “Medieval Theology,” The Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology, ed. Gareth Jones. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003, 354-374.

Stephen F. Brown, “The Patristic Background,” A Companion to Philosophy in the Middle Ages, eds. Jorge J.E. Gracia and Timothy B. Noone. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003, 23-31.

Stephen F. Brown, Gerard of Bologna on the Nature of the Good (Text and Commentary),” Der Logik des Transzendentalen. Festschrift für Jan A. Aertsen zum 65. Geburtstag, ed. Martin Pickavé. Berlin-New York: Walter de Bruyter, 2003, 285-303.

Stephen F. Brown, “The Theological Virtue of Faith: An Invitation to an Ecclesial Life of Truth (II-II, qq. 1-16),” I, ed. Stephen J. Pope. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2002, 221-131.