Author Archives: Bookworm

New edition of Saint Ignatius’s memoirs

At the urging of the early Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola recounted the story of his spiritual conversion while recuperating from a battle wound to the founding of the religious order, the Society of Jesus. It’s an autobiography that would … Continue reading

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Guide to Vatican II

Edited by Boston College Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard R. Gaillardetz, The Cambridge Companion to Vatican II (Cambridge University Press, 2020) offers a thorough overview of the Second Vatican Council. The first part examines the historical, theological, and … Continue reading

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Selvinsky’s “The Trial in Krasnodar”

Seventy-seven years ago this month, a landmark court case on Nazi war crimes began in the Russian city of Krasnodar. Author and Boston College Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim Shrayer digs into the story of Ilya Selvinsky—a … Continue reading

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Translating Joseph de Jouvancy, S.J.

Joseph de Jouvancy, S.J., (1643–1719) is known for his plays, biographies, histories, orations, and, perhaps most notably, for his influential work De discendi et docendi ratione (The Way to Learn and the Way to Teach, 1703). In this work, Jouvancy describes … Continue reading

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Continental philosophy & Catholic higher ed

The Catholic Reception of Continental Philosophy in North America (University of Toronto Press, 2020) is a new volume of essays by leading philosophers and theologians exploring the reception of continental philosophy in North America and its ongoing relation to Catholic … Continue reading

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Larceny and murder

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A guide to conducting political science fieldwork abroad

In a new volume, more than 40 political scientists provide personal accounts of conducting field research in locations, often dangerous, around the globe. Co-edited by Boston College Political Science Associate Professor Peter Krause and Ora Szekely of Clark University, Stories … Continue reading

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Salameh book reviews

In Middle East Quarterly, Boston College Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh reviews the book City of Beginnings: Poetic Modernism in Beirut by Robyn Creswell. According to Salameh, City of Beginnings is “a learned, nuanced, and deeply searching guide” … Continue reading

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Catholic Press Assoc. awards

The Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada bestowed honors on three Boston College faculty members at its 2020 Catholic Media Conference. The CPA awards recognize outstanding Catholic media, including books, newspapers, and magazines. Book Awards went to School … Continue reading

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Aristotelian logic and China

Jesuit missionaries and Chinese literati first introduced Aristotelian logic to China during the late Ming dynasty (in the first half of the 17th century). They collaborated to translate this specific part of the Cursus Conimbricensis, a set of commentaries on Aristotle’s philosophy developed by … Continue reading

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