The Boston College Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology is a center that unites the teaching and research efforts of the faculty members who specialize in medieval philosophy and theology. Doctoral degrees are awarded in the Theology or Philosophy departments and students are students in one of these departments.
The focus of the educational programs is centered on the relationship between medieval philosophy and theology and modern continental philosophy and theology. The concentration of the philosophy and theology departments at Boston College is in modern continental thought, so the context for carrying on a dialogue between medieval and modern philosophy and theology is well established. The study of medieval thought is not carried out as an archeological effort, but with the conviction that the Bible, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Avicenna, Averroes, Maimonides, Bonaventure, Aquinas, and other classical thinkers have something significant to discuss with modern thinkers. Both the medievals and the moderns are taken seriously.
To foster this dialogue and encourage the scholarly retrieval of the great medieval intellectual world, the institute offers graduate student fellowships and assistantships, sponsors a speakers program, runs a faculty-student seminar to investigate new areas of medieval philosophical and theological research, and has set up a research center to assist in the publication of monographs and articles in the diverse areas of medieval philosophy and theology, to encourage the translations of medieval sources, and to stimulate editions of philosophical and theological texts.
Boston College is a medium-sized university located on the western edge of the city, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Its Theology Department has 35 full time faculty; its Philosophy Department has 28 full time faculty. The Theology Department has a joint doctoral program with Andover Newton Theological School and is a member of the Boston Theological Institute. These links offer further faculty, course, and library resources in the areas of medieval thought. Students interested in studying medieval philosophy or theology may receive further information from: Professor Stephen F. Brown; Department of Theology; Carney Hall 410; Boston College; Chestnut Hill, MA 02167. Phone: (617) 552-0436.