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Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P.
Birth: July 7, 1958 - Warwick, RI
Ordination: May 22, 1987
Providence College - B.A. in History, summa cum laude, 1980
The Catholic University of America - Ph.L. in Philosophy, 1984
The Dominican House of Studies - M.Div. in Theology, 1986
The Dominican House of Studies - S.T.L. in Theology, 1988
The University of Toronto - Ph.D. in Philosophy - Collaborative Program in Philosophy and Medieval Studies, 1994
Providence College - Instructor, 1988-1991
University of Toronto - Teaching Assistant, 1991-1993
The Catholic University of America - Assistant Professor, 1994-2001
Candler School of Theology at Emory University - Associate Professor, Fall 2002
The Catholic University of America - Associate Professor, 2001-2005
Providence College - Professor, 2005-
Philosophy of Religion
American Catholic Philosophical Association
American Philosophical Association
Society of Christian Philosophers
University of Notre Dame, Center for Philosophy of Religion: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1998-99
Emory University, Aquinas Center: Visiting Dominican Scholar, Fall 2002
Associate Editor of The Thomist, 1998-2002; 2005-present
Editor of The Thomist, 2002-2005
Editorial Board of International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 2002-2005
Board of Trustees of Providence College, 1998-present
Corporation of Providence College, 2000-present
Executive Committee of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2002-2005
Advisory Board, Center for Philosophy of Religion, the University of Notre Dame, 2002-present
Provincial Council of the Province of St. Joseph, 2002-present
Regent of Studies, Province of St. Joseph, 2002-2005
Editor and author of the "Introduction" in One Hundred Years of Philosophy. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2001.
The Thomist Tradition. Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 2. Dordrecht, Holland: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002.
The Treatise on the Divine Nature. Summa Theologiae I 1-13. Translation and Commentary. Indianapolis, IN: Hacket Publishing Company, Inc., 2006.
"St. Thomas Aquinas, Onto-theology, and Marion." The Thomist 60 (October, 1996): 617-625.
"Sacra doctrina and the Theology of Disclosure." The Thomist 61 (April, 1997): 163-187.
"Eternal Knowledge of the Temporal in Aquinas." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly LXXI, No. 2 (1997): 197-224.
"Eternity and Duration in Aquinas." The Thomist 61 (October, 1997): 525-548.
"Divine Causation and Human Freedom in Aquinas." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly LXXII, No. 1 (1998): 99-122.
"Aquinas on God's Causal Knowledge: A Reply to Stump and Kretzmann." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly LXII, No. 3 (1998): 447-457.
"Analytical Thomism." The Thomist 63 (1999): 125-137. Translated into Italian as "Tomismo Analytico," by Claudio Antonio Testi in Divus Thomas 24 (1999): 79-91.
"Aquinas on Pagan Virtue." The Thomist 63 (1999): 553-577.
"Funeral Homily for William J. Hill, O.P." The Thomist 66 (2002): 1-7.
"Thomism." Addendum in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd edition. Volume 9, 447-8. Ed. Donald M. Borchet. Detroit: MacMillan Reference USA, 2006.
"Beyond Libertarianism and Compatibilism: Thomas Aquinas on Created Freedom." In Freedom and the Human Person, ed. Richard Velkey, 70-84. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2007.
"Test Optional Admission at a Liberal Arts College: A Founding Mission Affirmed." Harvard Educational Review 77 (2007): 429-435.
"Aquinas's Exemplar Ethics." The Thomist 72 (2008): 345-369.
"Thomas Aquinas on Demonstrating God's Providence." The Science of Being as Being, ed. Gregory J. Doolan, 221-242. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012.
"Perspectives in Catholic Philosophy I." Teaching the Tradition: Catholic Themes in Academic Disciplines, ed. John J. Piderit, S.J., and Melanie Morey, 65-83. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
"Thomas Aquinas: Companion and Patron." Origins. Volume 9.39 (2012): 632-638.
The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge. By Linda Zagzebski. Providence 1 (1993): 339-343.
The Thought of Thomas Aquinas. By Brian Davies. Speculum 70 (1995): 895-897.
Explorations in Metaphysics. By W. Norris Clarke. The Review of Metaphysics 49 (1996): 918-919.
Aquinas' Five Arguments in the Summa theologiae 1a 2,3. By Lubor Velecky. The Review of Metaphysics 50 (1996): 427-428.
Ideas in God according to Saint Thomas Aquinas: Sources and Synthesis. By Vivian Boland, O.P. Anglican Theological Review 79 (1997): 450-452.
De la vérité. Question 2 (La science en Dieu). Thomas d'Aquin. Introduction, translation, and commentary by Serge-Thomas Bonino, O.P. The Thomist 62 (1998): 133-137.
Free Creatures of an Eternal God. By Harm J.M.J. Goris. The Thomist 62 (1998): 312-315.
The Metaphysics of Theism. By Normann Kretzmann. The Review of Metaphysics 52 (1998): 463-464.
Knowledge and Faith in Thomas Aquinas. By John Jenkins. The Thomist 63 (1999): 314-319.
The Metaphysics of Creation. By Norman Kretzmann. The Review of Metaphysics 53 (2000): 716-717.
Facing History: A Different Thomas Aquinas. By Leonard Boyle. The Thomist 66 (2002): 154-158.
God and Reason in the Middle Ages. By Edward Grant. The Review of Metaphysics 56 (2003): 881-882.
After Aquinas: Versions of Thomism. By Fergus Kerr. The Thomist 67 (2003): 318-321.
"Entering the Trinity." A review of God Still Matters by Herbert McCabe. Crisis (August 2003): 50-52.
Culture and the Thomist Tradition After Vatican II. By Tracey Rowland. The Thomist 68 (2004): 143-148.
Deconstructing Theodicy: Why Job Has Nothing to Say to the Puzzle of Suffering. By David Burrell, C.S.C. The Thomist 74 (2010): 639-642.
"The Providence College Monologues," The Providence Journal. May 11, 2006.
"Student Fee Would Break Bond of Trust," The Providence Journal. May 17, 2009.
"Where Was God for the Victims on the Morning of 9/11?" The Providence Journal, September 12, 2011.
"Open Thomism," National Dominican Aquinas Symposium, River Forest, IL, April 10, 1999.
"Response to John Hare's 'Scotus on Morality and Nature,'" 46th Philosophy Conference: Medieval Philosophy's Contemporary Relevance, Wheaton College, October 23, 1999.
"The Legacy of Thomas Aquinas," All-Day Seminar, The Smithsonian Institution, November 6, 1999.
"The Good Life," Philosophy on Tap Series, The Smithsonian Institution, Summer 2001.
"Beyond Libertarianism and Compatibilism: Thomas Aquinas on Created Freedom," Fall Series on Freedom and the Human Person,
The Catholic University of America School of Philosophy
, 2001, and The St. Thomas and St. Catherine Fall Lecture, Barry University, November 2001, and Thomas Aquinas Lecture, Emory University, March 2002.
"Can an Eternal God be an Event?" Reply to Fergus Kerr at the Conference on Philosophy of Religion at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, University of South Carolina, April 5-6, 2002.
"God and Rational Evidence," Philosophy on Tap Series, The Smithsonian Institution, Spring 2002.
"Fides et Ratio, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and the Dominican Tradition," From the Heart of the Church: Dominican Response, Caldwell College, January 30, 2003.
"Imago Dei and Human Freedom in Aquinas," Symposium on "After Aquinas," Providence College, April 4-5, 2003.
"Aquinas's Exemplar Ethics," Aquinas's Ethics: Metaphysical Foundations, Moral Theory, and Theological Context, St. Louis University, April 11-12, 2003, and The Medieval Institute at Notre Dame, January 20, 2005.
"The Harmony Between Faith and Reason," Exploring Faith and Forming Intellect Series, The Catholic University of America, September 23, 2003.
"Where Evil Comes From," Philosophy on Tap Series, The Smithsonian Institution, Fall 2003.
"Aristotle, Ethics, and the Good Life," Resident Associate's Program, The
, April 9, 2005.
"Thomas Aquinas on Demonstrating God's Providence," Fall Lecture Series, The Catholic University of America School of Philosophy, September 26, 2008.
"Thomas Aquinas: Companion and Patron," 125th Anniversary Lecture, The Catholic University of America, January 27, 2012, and Convocation, Ohio Dominican University, January 22, 2015.
"The End of the Core," The Catholic Univeristy of America, May 14, 2015.