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Brendan Sweetman

Dr. Brendan Sweetman

Professor of Philosophy

Rockhurst University



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

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, a native of Dublin, Ireland, is Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.  He is the author or editor of ten books, including Religion and Science: An Introduction (Continuum, 2010); The Vision of Gabriel Marcel: Epistemology, Human Person, the Transcendent (Rodopi Press, 2008); Why Politics Needs Religion: The Place of Religious Arguments in the Public Square (InterVarsity, 2006); Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 1992); A Gabriel Marcel Reader (St. Augustine’s Press, 2011), and, most recently, Philosophical Thinking and the Religious Context (Bloomsbury, 2013).  He was consulting editor for the New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement: Ethics and Philosophy (Cengage Gage, 2013, 4 Vols.).  Professor Sweetman has published more than one hundred articles and reviews in a variety of journals and collections, including 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.

      He 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.  Dr Sweetman is the current President of the Gabriel Marcel Society, Vice-President for North America of COMIUCAP, a member of a “Think Tank” on Religious Leadership, Civil Discourse and Democracy Project, at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, and the editor of Marcel Studies.  His books and articles have been translated into several languages.