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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 nine 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), and, most recently, A Gabriel Marcel Reader (St. Augustine’s Press, 2011). He has published more than eighty articles and reviews in a variety of journals and collections, including International Philosophical Quarterly, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Faith and Philosophy, Philosophia Christi and the Review of Metaphysics.     

Professor Sweetman has also published a number of articles in more popular media, such as The Kansas City Star, The Topeka Capital Journal, PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and has given numerous radio and newspaper interviews on a variety of topics.  He has been a Visiting Scholar and Keynote Speaker at several universities and colleges in the U.S., and, internationally, has given lectures and talks in many countries.  He writes in the areas of philosophy of religion, continental philosophy, political philosophy, and the relationship of religion to science.