Professor Eleonore Stump

Religion and Theology. Affiliate: Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Philosophy
BA (Grinnell), MA (Harvard), MA (Cornell), PhD (Cornell)

Professor Stump is Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, Missouri and Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University.

She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. Her books include her major study Aquinas (Routledge, 2003) and her extensive treatment of the problem of evil, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford, 2010). Her current research project is a book-length study of the atonement, which will be published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Stump has presented the 2003 Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen), the 2006 Wilde Lectures (Oxford), the 2009 Stewart Lectures (Princeton), and the Stanton Lectures (Cambridge) in 2018.

She is editor-in-chief of the Yale Library of Medieval Philosophy and was section editor for the philosophy of religion for the new Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. She has held grants from the American Association of University Women, the Mellon Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame, IL, and the National Humanities Center.

Eleonore is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers and of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and she is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2013, she was the recipient of the American Catholic Philosophical Association’s Aquinas Medal. 

Key publications

"Wandering in Darkness: Further Reflections,” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 4 (2012) 197-219.

“Emergence, Causal Powers, and Aristotelianism in Metaphysics,” in Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism. Edited by Ruth Groff and John Greco. New York and London: Routledge, 2012.

“The Nature of the Atonement”, in Reason, Metaphysics, and Mind: New Essays on the Philosophy of Alvin Plantinga. Edited by Kelly Clark and Michael Rea. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 128-144.

“Atonement and the Cry of Dereliction from the Cross,” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 4:1 (2012) 1-17.

“Athens and Jerusalem: The Relationship of Philosophy and Theology,” Journal of Analytic Theology 1:1 (2013).

Oxford Handbook of Aquinas. Co-edited with Brian Davies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Aquinas. London and New York: Routledge, 2003.

“Moral Responsibility without Alternative Possibilities,” In Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities: Essays on the Importance of Alternative Possibilities. Edited by Michael McKenna and David Widerker. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, 2003. 139-158.


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