Philosophy Department Faculty

Richard Kearney

The Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy




Richard Kearney holds the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College and has served as a Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, the University of Paris (Sorbonne), the Australian Catholic University and the University of Nice. He is the author of over 24 books on European philosophy and literature (including two novels and a volume of poetry) and has edited or co-edited 21 more. He was formerly a member of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and chairman of the Irish School of Film at University College Dublin. As a public intellectual in Ireland, he was involved in drafting a number of proposals for a Northern Irish peace agreement (1983, 1993, 1995). He has presented five series on culture and philosophy for Irish and British television and broadcast extensively on the European media. He is currently the international director of the Guestbook Project--Hosting the Stranger: Between Hostility and Hospitality.


Salvage, Arrowsmith, MA, 2023.

Thinking Film: Philosophy at the Movies (ed. Richard Kearney and M.E. Littlejohn), Bloomsbury, London, 2023.

Radical Hospitality (with Melissa Fitzpatrick), Fordham UP, NY, 2021.

Touch: Recovering Our Most Vital Sense, Columbia UP, NY, 2021.

Imagination Now: A Richard Kearney Reader (ed. M.E. Littlejohn), Rowman & Littlefield, London, 2020.

Somatic Desire: Recovering Corporeality in Contemporary Thought (ed. Richard Kearney, Sarah Horton, Stephen Mendelsohn, and Christine Rojcewicz), Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2019.

The Art of Anatheism (ed. Richard Kearney and Matthew Clemente), Rowman & Littlefield, London, 2018.

Twinsome Minds: An Act of Double Remembrance, with visuals by Sheila Gallagher, Cork University Press and Quinnipiac University Press, , Ireland and Connecticut, 2017.

Reimagining the Sacred: Richard Kearney Debates God (ed. Richard Kearney and Jens Zimmerman), Columbia University Press, New York, 2015.

Carnal Hermeneutics (ed. Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor), Fordham University Press, New York, 2015.