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Dr. Robert McNamara

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


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Dr. Robert McNamara is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Associate Member of Faculty at the Maryvale Institute, Associate Scholar of the Hildebrand Project, and Founding Member of the Aquinas Institute of Ireland. Robert researches anthropological and metaphysical questions in medieval and phenomenological thinkers, especially as both bear reference to philosophical personalism. Robert has studied physics and computing, philosophy and theology, and received his Ph.D. from Liverpool Hope University for research 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.
  • ‘Edith Stein’s Conception of Human Unity and Bodily Formation: A Thomistically Informed Understanding’, in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 94.4 (2020), pp. 639–63.
  • ‘The Concept of Christian Philosophy in Edith Stein’, in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 94.2 (2020), pp. 323-46.
  • ‘The Cognition of the Human Individual in the Mature Thought of Edith Stein’, in Philosophical News, Official Publication of the European Society for Moral Philosophy, ed. Elisa Grimi, 16 (issue dated: 2018; actually published: 2020), pp. 131-43.
  • ‘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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