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Eileen C. Sweeney
Department of Philosophy
Chestnut Hill, MA 02167
Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Texas at Austin. Thesis: "Aquinas' Notion of Science"
M.A. (Philosophy), University of Texas at Austin.
B.A. magna cum laude (Philosophy), University of Dallas.
Certificat des Études Pratiques de Français, University of Lyon, France.
2011-present, Professor, Boston College
1992- 2011, Associate Professor, Boston College 1990-1992, Assistant Professor, Boston College 1986-1990, Assistant Professor, Marquette University
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATIONMedieval Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy and Literature, Theories of the Passions
AREAS OF COMPETENCEModern Philosophy, Literary Theory, Ethical Theory LANGUAGES French, German, Medieval Latin, Spanish, Ancient Greek
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Aug. 1994 - Aug. 1995, in Freiburg, Germany. Sponsor:
Professor Klaus Jacobi, Chair and Professor, Philosophisches Seminar II, Universität Freiburg NEH Summer Institute, Summer 1989: "Christendom and the High Middle Ages," The Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame.
Marquette University: Summer Faculty Fellowship, Summer 1987.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Research Grant Recipient, Sept. 1985 - Dec.
1985. Supervising Professor: Prof. Albert Zimmermann, Thomas-Institut, Universität Köln.
University of Texas: University Fellowship Recipient, Sept. 1985 - May 1986.
ACADEMIC HONORSUniversity of Texas: Council of Graduate Schools/ University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award Nominee in Humanities/Fine Arts, 1988.
University of Texas: Outstanding Dissertation Award, 1987. (Awarded to three of over six hundred 1986-1987 graduates.) Comitatus: St. Nicholas Prize for the most outstanding contribution, 1985.
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.
From the Liberal Arts to Science: The Transformation of the Paradigm of Knowledge from the 12th to the 13th Century (in preparation).
"Aquinas' Three levels of Divine Predication in Dante's Paradiso," Comitatus, Vol. 16 (1985), pp. 29-45.
"The Anticlaudianus and the 'Proper' Language of Theology," Essays in Medieval Studies, Vol. 4 (Fall, 1987), pp. 45-55.
"Metaphysics and its Distinction from Sacred Doctrine in Aquinas," Knowledge and Medieval
Philosophy, Reijo Työrinoja, Anja Inkeri Lehtinen, Dagfinn Føllesdal, eds., (Helsinki:
Annals of the Finnish Society for Missiology and Ecumenics, 1990), Vol. m, pp. 162From Determined Motion to Undetermined Will and Nature to Supernature in Aquinas," Philosophical Topics, 20, 2, (Fall 1992), pp. 189-214.
"Aquinas' Double Metaphysics of Simplicity and Infinity," International Philosophical Quarterly, 33 (September 1993), pp. 297-317.
"Rewriting the Narrative of Scripture: 12th Century Debates Over Reason and Theological Form," Medieval Philosophy and Theology, 3, (1993), pp. 1-34.
"Three Notions of Analysis (Resolutio) and the Structure of Reasoning in Aquinas," The Thomist, 58, 2, (April 1994), pp. 197-243.
"Hugh of St. Victor: The Augustinian Tradition of Sacred and Secular Reading Revised," in Reading and Wisdom: The De Doctrina Christiana of Augustine in the Middle Ages, ed.
Edward D. English, University of Notre Dame Press, 1995, pp. 61-83.
"Supposition, Signification, and Universals: Metaphysical and Linguistic Complexity in Aquinas," Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, 42, Heft 3, (1995), pp.
"Individuation and the Body in Aquinas," Miscellanea Mediaevalia, vol. 24 (1996), pp. 178-196.
"Restructuring Desire: Aquinas, Descartes, and Hobbes on the Passions," in Meeting of the
Minds, Stephen F. Brown, ed., Rencontres de Philosophie Medievale, 7, (Tournhout:
Brepols, 1998), pp. 219-37.
"Anselm und der Dialog. Distanz und Versoehnung," in Gespraeche lesen. Philosophische Dialoge im Mittelalter, Tuebingen: Gunter Narr Verlag 1999, pp. 101-124.
"Abelard’s Progress: From Logic to Ethics," International Philosophical Quarterly, 40 (September 2000), pp. 367-76.
“Ordering Differences: Aquinas vs. the Moderns,” in Aquinas Center of Theology, Occasional
Papers on the Catholic Intellectual Life, no. 4. Atlanta: Emory University, 2001, pp. 5Aquinas on Vice and Sin," in The Ethics of Aquinas. Stephen J. Pope, ed. Washington, D. C.:
Georgetown University Press, 2002, pp. 151-168.
"Literary Forms of Medieval Philosophy," The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2002edition).EdwardN.Zalta(ed.),URL=http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2002/entrie s/medieval-literary/. (Revised and expanded, 2007) "Speculative Theology and the Transformation of Separation and Longing," in Psyche and Spirit
-Dialectics of Transformation, Chris Schlauch and William Meissner, eds. University of America Press, 2003.
"Anselm's Proslogion: The Desire for the Word," The Saint Anselm Journal (2003) 1.
URL=http://www.anselm.edu/library/SAJ/SAJindex.html "The Rhetoric of Prayer and Argument in Anselm," Philosophy and Rhetoric 38, n.
"Abelard's Historia Calamitatum and Letters: Self as Search and Struggle," Poetics Today, vol.
28. 2 (Summer 2007): 303-336.
“The Asymmetry between Language and Being: The Case of Anselm,” in On Language:
Analytic, Continental and Historical Perspectives. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007, pp. 157-177.
“Seeing Double: Thomas Aquinas and the Problem of Modernity through the Continental Lens,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 83, 3 (2009): 389-420.
"The Problem of Philosophy and Theology in Anselm of Canterbury," in Medieval Philosophy and Theology in the Long Middle Ages. A Tribute to Stephen F. Brown. Edited by Kent Emery and Russell Freidman, 487-514. Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2011.
“Aquinas on the Seven Deadly Sins: Tradition and Innovation,” in Sin in Medieval and Early Modern Culture: The Tradition of the Seven Deadly Sins. Ed. Richard G. Newhauser and Susan J. Ridyard. York Medieval Press in association with Boydell and Brewer, 2012.
“Anselm in Dialogue with the Other,” in Universality of Reason – Plurality of Philosophies in the Middle Ages, XII International Congress of Medieval Philosophy, September, 2007 (forthcoming).
“Alan of Lille,” in Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
“Anselm and the Phenomenology of the Gift in Marcel, Sartre and Marion,” in Saint Anselm of Canterbury and His Legacy (forthcoming).
“Thomas Aquinas and the Difficulties of Reading the Natural Law Written on Our Hearts,” in Reason, Religion and the Natural Law, Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
“New Standards for Certainty: The Reception of Aristotle's Posterior Analytics in the late 12th and early 13th centuries,” Uncertain Knowledge in the Middle Ages (forthcoming).
“Abelard and the Jews,” in Language and Identities in the Work of Peter Abelard, E. J.
REVIEWS Stump, Eleanor. Boethius's In Ciceronis Topica, in Review of Metaphysics, Cornell University Press, 1988, vol. 45, n. 1 (Sept. 1991): 152-3.
Hare, John. E. The Moral Gap: Kantian Ethics, Human Limits, and God's Assistance, Oxford University Press, 1996, in Faith and Philosophy, vol. 17, n.2 (April 2000): 260-7.
Thomas Aquinas, The Treatise on Human Nature (ST 1a 75-89), translated, with introduction and commentary by Robert Pasnau, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003.04.13, URL=ndpr.icaap.org/content/archives/ 2003/4/sweeney-pasnau.html Pinches, Charles R. Theology and Action: After Theory in Christian Ethics, W.B. Eerdmans, 2002 in Theological Studies 65 (2004): 205-7.
McGrade, Stephen, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2003, in Philosophical Books, 46 (Apr 2005): 141-2.
O'Callaghan, John P. Thomist Realism and the Linguistic Turn, Notre Dame University Press, 2003, in Ars Disputandi: The Online Journal for Philosophy of Religion 5 (2005): URL= http://www.arsdisputandi.org/ Georges, Tobias. Quam nos divinitatem nominare consuevimus: Die theologische Ethik des Peter Abaelard. (Arbeiten zur Kirchen- und Theologiegeschichte, 16.), Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2005 in Speculum, vol. 82, n. 3 (2007), 704-5.
Bonner, Gerald. Freedom and Necessity: St. Augustine’s Teaching on Divine Power and Human Freedom, Catholic University Press, 2007, in Speculum, vol. 83, n. 3 (2008), 667Relihan, Joel C. The Prisoner’s Philosophy: Life and Death in Boethius’s Consolation, University of Notre Dame Press, 2007, in Religious Studies Review 36 (3) (2010): 234.
Wang, Stephen, Aquinas and Sartre: On Freedom, Personal Identity, and the Possibility of Happiness, The Catholic University of America Press, 2009, in The Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (1) (2011): 130-31.
Miner, Robert. Thomas Aquinas on the Passions: A Study of Summa Theologiae Ia2ae 22-48.
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009, in The Journal of Religion 91 (2) (2011):
Bieniak, Magdalena, The Soul-Body Problem at Paris, ca. 1200-1250: Hugh of St. Cher and His Contemporaries. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2010, in Speculum (forthcoming)
PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONSComment on Martin Hägglund, “The Faith of Radical Atheism,” Unbelievable: Jacques Derrida and ‘Religion’, Boston College, April 26-27, 2012.
“Anselm on Human Finitude: A Dialogue with Existentialism,” the St. Anselm Lecture, St.
Anselm College, April 25, 2012.
“Anselmian Meditation: Imagination, Aporia, and Argument,” American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, October 28-30, 2011 “The Rorty Thesis: The Convergence of Analytic and Continental Philosophy in Davidson and Derrida,” An Inquiry into the Continental Analytic Divide, Boston College Workshop in Contemporary Philosophy, October 8, 2011 “New Standards for Certainty: The Reception of Aristotle's Posterior Analytics in the late 12th and early 13th centuries,” Uncertain Knowledge in the Middle Ages, April 7-9, 2011, King’s College, Cambridge, England.
“Abelard and the Jews,” International Medieval Congress, July 11-14, 2011, Leeds, England.
“Nothing and the Metaphysics of Becoming in Anselm,” Boston Medieval Philosophy Colloquium, February 25, 2010 and The Metaphysical Society of America, March 6, 2010.
Book panel presentation with the author on Alasdair MacIntyre’s God, Philosophy and Universities, November, 2009, The Church in the 21st Century, Boston College Comment on Andrew Salzman, “Idol or Icon: Imagination, Truth, and Augustine’s Apophaticism,” Boston Colloquium in Historical Theology, July 31, 2009 “Anselm’s Letters of Spiritual Direction: Finding Presence in Absence” 44th International Congress on Medieval Philosophy, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 7-10, 2009 “De casu diaboli: Accepting the Logic of Receiving” Saint Anselm of Canterbury and His Legacy, University of Kent, at Canterbury, April 22-25, 2009 “Philosophy, Service Learning and Ethical Formation: Possibilities and Pitfalls,” Jesuit Philosophy Summit, Seattle University, April 16-17, 2009 Comment on Thomas Hibbs, “How to Begin to Study Thomas Aquinas,” Bradley Lecture, Boston College, April 18, 2008 “Theology vs. Preaching in Aquinas,” at The 35th Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, on Dominicans and Franciscans, April 10-11, 2008 “Derrida for Beginners: Derrida on Austin and Searle,” presentation at the Derrida Workshop, Boston College, October 13, 2007 “Reading Aquinas: Myths, Dangers, and Virtues,” Invited Aquinas lecture, St. Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana, October 8, 2007 “Anselm in Dialogue with the Other,” Societé Internationale pour l'Étude de Philosophie Medievale, World Congress, Palermo, September 16-22, 2007 Comment on Paul LaChance, “Analogical Predication of Transcendentals”, Patristic/Medieval Conference, Boston College, August 1-2, 2007 “Aquinas on Passion and Sin,” invited paper at The 34th Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, on the Seven Deadly Sins, March 30-31, 2007.
“Linguistic Analysis and the Anselmian Project,” at Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, New York City, October 20, 2006.
“Free Will and the Fall of the Devil in Anselm,” Patristic/Medieval Conference, Boston College, August 6-7, 2006 “The Asymmetry between Language and Being: The Case of Anselm,” plenary lecture at the Graduate Conference in Philosophy at Boston College, “On Language,” April 8, 2006, Boston College “Alan of Lille’s Theological Dictionary: Between Literature and Philosophy," Medieval Academy Annual Meeting, Boston, March 2006 “Boethius’s Liberation of the Prisoner: Poetry and the Pedagogy of the Consolation,” invited plenary lecture at the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, New York City, October 15, 2005 “Peregrinations in Medieval Philosophy,” at “Wit, Scholar, Mentor: Celebrating the Life and Work of Louis Mackey,” University of Texas, Austin, TX, Oct 1, 2005 "The Relationship between Prayer and Argument in Anselm," invited lecture at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, March, 2003.
"Anselm's Proslogion: The Desire for the Word," Boston Medieval Philosophy Colloquium, January, 2003.
"Anselm and Dialogue: Distance and Reconciliation," Conference on Dialogue in the Middle Ages, University of Freiburg, Germany, March 12, 1998.
"Ordering Differences: Aquinas vs. the Moderns," The Aquinas Lecture, Emory University, September 1997.