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Brendan Sweetman

Dr. Brendan Sweetman

Professor of Philosophy

Sullivan Chair

Rockhurst University



University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. in Philosophy, 1992 

University of Southern California, M.A. in Philosophy, 1990 
    (Emphasis: Contemporary European Philosophy)   

Cambridge University (L.E.S.), Diploma in Religious Studies, 1987

University College, Dublin (Ireland), M.A. in Philosophy, 1986 
    (First Class Honors) 
    (By thesis.  Area of Specialty: Philosophy of Religion)

University College, Dublin (Ireland), B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy 
    and English, 1983
    (First Place and First Class Honors in Philosophy)



Dr Brendan Sweetman is a teacher, philosopher and writer.  A  native of Dublin, Ireland, he is Professor of Philosophy and holds the Sullivan Chair at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.  He is the author or editor of twelve books, including Religion and Science: An Introduction (Continuum, 2010); The Vision of Gabriel Marcel (Rodopi, 2008); Religion: Key Concepts in Philosophy (Continuum, 2007); Why Politics Needs Religion: The Place of Religious Arguments in the Public Square (InterVarsity, 2006); Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology (Oxford U.P., 1992); A Gabriel Marcel Reader (St. Augustine’s Press, 2011), and, most recently, Philosophical Thinking and the Religious Context (Bloomsbury, 2013).  He was a consulting editor for the New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement: Ethics and Philosophy (Gale, 2013, 4 Vols.).  Professor Sweetman has published more than one hundred articles and critical reviews (including over forty reference articles) in a variety of journals, collections, and reference works, including the International Philosophical Quarterly, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Faith and Philosophy, Philosophia Christi, Philosophical Quarterly, Review of Metaphysics, American National Biography, and the Polish Encyclopedia of Philosophy

      Dr Sweetman has been a Visiting Scholar and Keynote Speaker at several universities and colleges in the U.S., and, internationally, has given lectures in many countries.  He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the Society of Christian Philosophers.  Dr Sweetman is the current President of the Gabriel Marcel Society, Vice-President for North America of the World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy (Comiucap), and the editor of Marcel Studies.  His books and articles have been translated into several languages, including Italian and Portuguese.