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R.J. Snell, Ph.D.

R.J. Snell, Ph.D. Director, Philosophy Program, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Christian Studies, Eastern UniversityDirector, Philosophy Program
Professor of Philosophy
Office: Fowler 305A
Email:  rsnell@eastern.edu
Phone:  610-225-5049
Read Dr. Snell's curriculum vitae


M.A. Boston College
Ph.D. Marquette University
At Eastern Since 2008


Dr. Snell lives and gardens (or at least watches his children garden) just outside Philadelphia in Havertown, a town where Sinatra, baseball games, and cigar smoke waft from his neighbors’ porches onto his own. If Philadelphia had colder and longer winters, as this Canadian thinks natural and fitting, it would be almost perfect. The fact that his four children and wife live there (almost) redeems the overly warm weather.

He directs the philosophy program at Eastern University, in St. Davids, PA. He also co-directs the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good, a research center devoted to understanding and sustaining the virtues and institutions of human flourishing.

The author of Through a Glass Darkly: Bernard Lonergan and Richard Rorty on Knowing without a God’s-Eye View, and (with Steve Cone) Authentic Cosmopolitanism, and the forthcoming The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode, he writes and teaches on Thomas Aquinas and contemporary Thomism, Bernard Lonergan, natural law, decent life, and the liberal arts.

Why I Teach at Eastern

Christian universities concern themselves with educating the whole person, especially their loves, and thus, it could be thought that only Christian universities are fully universities.

Courses Taught

The Active Life, The Christian Mind, Truth and Meaning, Christian Sexual Ethics, Ethics and Justice

Research Interests

Natural law, ethics, subjectivity, Thomas Aquinas and Thomism, Bernard Lonergan, John Paul II, Charles Taylor, engaged agency, philosophy of love, action.


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