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


R.J. Snell is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern University and the Templeton Honors College. Concurrently, Dr. Snell is the Executive Director of the Agora Institute. Dr. Snell earned his M.A. in philosophy at Boston College, and his Ph.D. in philosopy at Marquette University, where he was the recipient of the Rev. John P. Raynor Dissertation Fellowship.

Research interests include ethics, natural law theory, Thomas Aquinas, and the work of Bernard Lonergan, SJ. He is the author of Through a Glass Darkly: Bernard Lonergan and Richard Rorty on Knowing without a God's-eye View (Marquette UP), The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode (Wipf & Stock), Acedia and its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire (Angelico), and co-author (with Steve Cone) of Authentic Cosmopolitanism (Wipf & Stock). He writes and lectures frequently in a variety of academic and popular venues. During the 2015-16 academic year he is William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program of Princeton University.

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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