Ph.D. Brown University
A.B. Bowdoin College
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I studied ancient philosophy at Bowdoin, majoring in Classics and Philosophy. I did graduate work in Philosophy at the University Pennsylvania, and then completed my Ph.D. at Brown in Religious Studies. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard, I taught for 15 years at Reed as Professor of Religion and Humanities. I came to Saint Michael's to be Dean of the College in 1995. Since 2006 I have been teaching full-time as Professor of Religious Studies. I also offer courses in the Humanities Program
Areas of Expertise:
Philosophy of Religion, St. Augustine, Platonism
Courses I Teach:
- Ancient and Medieval Civilization
- Christianity Past and Present
- Medieval Christianity
- Understandings of God
- Augustine of Hippo: Life and Thought
Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Maine, 1973
National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship (1984-85): "The Foundations of Neoplatonic Theology."
National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship (1991-92): "The Theistic Epistemology of St. Augustine."
Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, Reed College, 1990
Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award, Saint Michael's College, 2008
I am co-director of the Platonism and Neoplatonism Group of the American Academy of Religion.
I am a philosopher of religion and my research centers on ancient philosophical theology, esp. St. Augustine. My first book examined the development of 'pagan monotheism' among ancient Platonists. I have written studies on Gnosticism and on Early Christian philosophy, and have edited a volume on Philo of Alexandria, the Hellenistic Jewish philosopher. I am now studying the philosophical theology of St. Augustine, having completed two books on his thought. What Augustine had to say about God and the soul seems to me challenging and arresting and profound, and well worth trying to grasp on its own terms.