R.J. Snell, Ph.D.
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 Institue 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.
The Active Life, The Christian Mind, Truth and Meaning, Christian Sexual Ethics, Ethics and Justice
Natural law, ethics, subjectivity, Thomas Aquinas and Thomism, Bernard Lonergan, John Paul II, Charles Taylor, engaged agency, philosophy of love, action.
- Through a Glass Darkly: Bernard Lonergan and Richard Rorty on Knowing without a God’s-Eye View. (Marquette University Press, 2006).
- Authentic Cosmopolitanism (with Steve Cone). (Wipf and Stock, 2013).
- The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode (forthcoming)