Areas of expertise: systematic and historical theology; philosophical theology; moral philosophy; Platonism; Thomas Aquinas
Location: ACU Melbourne Campus
Benjamin DeSpain is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. He completed a PhD in Historical and Systematic Theology in 2016 at Durham University. His doctoral thesis identified the various ways Thomas Aquinas integrated the Platonic doctrine of the divine ideas into the theological pedagogy of the Summa Theologiae.
Ben is a member of the ACURF funded project, “Redeeming Autonomy: Agency, Vulnerability, and Relationality.” His current research examines the textures of vulnerability and receptivity in the intellectual history of autonomy. He is particularly interested in the influence of ancient and medieval notions of finitude and frailty on the articulation of rational self-governance by literary, religious, and philosophical figures often marginalized in the narratives of modern moral philosophy.