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Radical hospitality

In an era of border anxiety and increased refugees and migrants, a new book co-written by Charles Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney and Melissa Fitzpatrick, an assistant professor of the practice in the Carroll School of Management Portico program, seeks … Continue reading

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A time for Kearney

The world is increasingly polarized along religious, ethnic, race, gender, class, and ideological lines. According to Richard Kearney, holder of the Charles Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College, the cause of division often lies not in difference but in … Continue reading

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A world both beautiful and brutal

Boston College alumnus Brian Treanor, a professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, has written Melancholic Joy: On Life Worth Living (Bloomsbury, 2021), a wide-ranging and accessible meditation on the human condition and the paradox of evil and good in … Continue reading

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A path to forgiveness

True forgiveness can be complicated because the pain of betrayal, loss, deception, and personal attack clings tightly to a person’s emotions, memories, and bodies. In The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness (Loyola Press, 2020), Boston College Professor of Philosophy Marina Berzins … Continue reading

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Images in Plato’s Republic

Boston College Philosophy Professor Marina Berzins McCoy writes on the important role images play in Plato’s philosophical argumentation in her new book Image and Argument in Plato’s Republic (SUNY Press, 2020). McCoy argues that “Plato’s use of images is pervasive … Continue reading

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Kierkegaard’s Lily Discourse

More than 150 years ago, the philosopher Kierkegaard wrote a series of discourses about the Gospel of Matthew. In her book The Lily’s Tongue: Figure and Authority in Kierkegaard’s Lily Discourse (State University of New York Press), author Frances Maughan-Brown … 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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Book review from Kathleen Hirsch

Kathleen Hirsch, a part-time faculty member in Boston College’s Philosophy Department, penned a book review of Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife by Bart D. Ehrman for the Boston Globe. She writes that the author Ehrman “knows his … Continue reading

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Ask Peter Kreeft

BC Professor of Philosophy Peter Kreeft is a prolific author who has given thousands of  lectures across the country. In his new book, he has gathered together the most interesting questions he has been asked at these events, paired with … Continue reading

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Searching for home

The thread running through Michael Brendan Dougherty’s book My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search for Home (Sentinel/Penguin Random House, 2019) is the author’s spiritual development, which culminates in the discovery of his own vocation as a father. … Continue reading

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