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William Desmond

BA (1972), MA (1974), NUI Cork; PhD, Penn State (1978); Prof. Dr. William Desmond has taught at St. Bonaventure’s, NY, NUI  Maynooth, and Loyola College in Maryland (1982-94) where he held the Higgins Chair of Philosophy.

He is currently Professor of Philosophy and Director of the International Programme in Philosophy at K.U.Leuven, as well as David Cook Visiting Chair at Villanova University, USA.  He is the author of 12 books, including Being and the Between (winner of the Prix Cardinal Mercier, and the J.N. Findlay Award for best book in metaphysics, 1995-1997).

Among his other books are Ethics and the Between (2001), Hegel's God: A Counterfeit Double? (2003), Art, Origins, Otherness: Between Philosophy and Art (2003), Is There a Sabbath for Thought? Between Religion and Philosophy (2005); God and the Between (2008); Being Between: Conditions of Irish Thought (2008). He has also edited 5 books and published around 90 articles.

He has held visiting appointments at Catholic University of America (1986), Boston University (Findlay Chair, 1997), University of Beijing (2000), University of Denver (2004), NUI Galway (2005), Boston College (2008); NUI Maynooth (Honorary Professor 2009-2012). He is also past President of the Hegel Society of America (1990-92), of the Metaphysical Society of America (1994-1995) and of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (2006-2008).  Professor Desmond’s work is primarily in metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics and the philosophy of religion.



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