Brian Leftow

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Brian Leftow (born 1956) is the Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at Oriel College, Oxford, succeeding Richard Swinburne, who retired in 2002. In fall 2018, he will join the faculty at Rutgers University.

Education and career[edit]

He is a graduate of Grove City College, and earned his M.A and Ph.D. at Yale University.[1] Before occupying the Nolloth chair at the University of Oxford, Leftow taught at Fordham University. In fall 2018, he will take up the William P. Alston Chair in Philosophy of Religion at Rutgers University.[2]

Philosophical work[edit]

Leftow's research interests include metaphysics, medieval philosophy, and philosophical theology.[3]

Selected publications[edit]

  • God and Necessity (2012)
  • Divine Ideas, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, forthcoming.
  • Matter, Parts and Number: Aquinas' Philosophy of Mathematics. Oxford, forthcoming.
  • "Anti Social Trinitarianism," in Steven Davis and Daniel Kendall, eds., The Trinity. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • "The Eternal Now," in Gregory Ganssle and David Woodruff, eds., God and Time. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • "Necessary Being", and "Concepts of God," in The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge Press, 1998.
  • "Anselm on the Cost of Salvation," Medieval Philosophy and Theology. 1997.
  • "Eternity," in The Cambridge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, ed. Philip Quinn and Charles Taliaferro. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • "Divine Action and Embodiment," Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 1997.
  • "Can Philosophy Argue God's Existence?" in The Rationality of Belief and The Plurality of Faith, ed. Tom Senor. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.
  • Time and Eternity. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991.