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Dr. Robert McNamara

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Austria Program

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Robert McNamara is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is an associate member of faculty at the International Theological Institute, Austria, and the Maryvale Institute, United Kingdom, and a founding member of the Aquinas Institute of Ireland for which he currently holds the position of secretary, and at whose summer and winter schools he tutors. Robert was educated at the National University of Ireland Galway and Maynooth, Ireland, where he studied physics and applied science, and philosophy and theological studies, respectively, at the International Theological Institute, Austria, where he received a master’s degree in the theology of marriage and family, and at Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom, where he completed a doctorate of philosophy with a dissertation detailing Edith Stein’s engagement with the thought of Thomas Aquinas in her mature philosophy of the human person. Robert is originally from Galway, Ireland.

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England, 2014-2019, with a dissertation titled, Edith Stein’s Engagement with the Thought of Thomas Aquinas in Her Mature Philosophy of the Human Person, under the supervision of Mette Lebech, Maynooth University, Ireland, and Marian Maskulak, St. John’s University, New York.
  • Master of Theological Studies, International Theological Institute, Gaming, Austria, 2007-2009, with a concentration in Marriage and Family.
  • Higher Diploma in Theological Studies, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 2005-2006.
  • Higher Diploma in Applied Science, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, 2000–2001, with a concentration in computing.
  • Bachelor of Philosophy & Higher Diploma in Philosophy, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth & National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2009-2011.
  • Bachelor of Science, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, 1995-1998, with a concentration in physics.
  • ‘The Concept of Christian Philosophy in Edith Stein’, in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 94.2 (forthcoming: 2020).
  • ‘The Cognition of the Human Individual in the Mature Thought of Edith Stein’, in Philosophical News, a Publication of the European Society for Moral Philosophy, ed. Elisa Grimi, 16 (forthcoming: 2019).
  • ‘Human Individuality in Stein’s Mature Works’ in Edith Steins Herausforderung heutiger Anthropologie, ed. by Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz and Mette Lebech (Heiligenkreuz: Be&Be, 2017), pp. 124-39.
  • ‘Essence in Edith Stein‘s Festschrift Dialogue’ in Alles Wesentliche lässt sich nicht schreiben, ed. by Andreas Speer and Stephen Regh (Freiburg i. Br.: Herder, 2016), pp. 175-94.
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