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Prof Brian Leftow

Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion
Oriel College

brian.leftow@oriel.ox.ac.uk

Oriel College
Oxford, OX1 4EW

Research Interests

Philosophical theology
Metaphysics
Medieval philosophy

Brian Leftow

Career & Education

2003- Nolloth Professor 
2002-3 Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame
1985-2002 Fordham University

Publications:

Books

  1. "Anselm on God", (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming

  2. "Aquinas on Metaphysics: Matter, Parts and Number", (NY: OUP, forthcoming)

  3. "God and Necessity", (Oxford: OUP, 2012)

  4. "Time and Eternity", (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991)

Edited Books

  1. "Aquinas: Questions on God", (with Brian Davies) (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

  2. "The Cambridge Companion to Anselm", (with Brian Davies) (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Articles

  1. “Tempting God,” Faith and Philosophy, forthcoming.

  2. “Against Materialist Christology,” in Colin Ruloff and Gerald O’Collins, eds., Reason and Christian Belief (University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming).

  3. “God’s Deontic Perfection,” Res Philosophica 90 (2013), 69-95.

  4. “Time-travel and the Trinity,” Faith and Philosophy July 2012

  5. “On Hasker on Leftow on Hasker on Leftow,” Faith and Philosophy July 2012

  6. "Aquinas on Impassibility, Immutability and Eternity," in Eleonore Stump and Brian Davies, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 173-186.

  7. "Aquinas on Omnipotence," in Eleonore Stump and Brian Davies, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 187-195.

  8. “One Step Toward God,” Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 68 (2011), 67-104.

  9. “Composition and Christology”, Faith and Philosophy 28 (2011), 310-322.

  10. “Why Perfect Being Theology?”, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 69 (2011), 103-118.

  11. “Two Trinities: reply to Hasker”, Religious Studies 46 (2010), 441–447.

  12. “The Humanity of God”, in Anna Marmodoro and Jonathan Hill, eds., The Incarnation (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming).

  13. “Swinburne on Divine Necessity”, Religious Studies 46 (2010) 141-62.

  14. "Aquinas on Impassibility, Immutability and Eternity", in Eleonore Stump and Brian Davies, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming).

  15. "Aquinas on Omnipotence", in Eleonore Stump and Brian Davies, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming).

  16. "Soul, Mind and Brain", in George Bealer & Robert Koons, eds., The Waning of Materialism (Oxford: OUP, 2010), 395-416.

  17. "Divine Necessity", in Charles Taliaferro and Chad Meister, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Christian Philosophical Theology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 15-30.

  18. "Arguments for God's Existence", in Robert Pasnau and Christina Van Dyke, eds., The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), v. 2, 735-48.

  19. "Anselmian Presentism," Faith and Philosophy 26 (2009), 297-319. "Against Deity Theories", Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion 2 (2009), 105-160.

  20. "Aquinas, Divine Simplicity and Divine Freedom", in Kevin Timpe, ed.,Metaphysics and God (London: Routledge, 2009), 21-38.

  21. "Omnipotence", in Thomas Flint and Michael Rea, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), 167-98.

  22. "Jesus and Aquinas", in Paul Moser, ed., Jesus and Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 124-46.

  23. "Rowe, Aquinas and God's Freedom", Philosophical Books 48 (2007), 195-206.

  24. "Modes Without Modalism," in Dean Zimmerman, ed.,Persons: Human and Divine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 357-75.

  25. "God and the Problem of Universals", Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 2 (2006), 325-56.

  26. "Aquinas' Philosophical Theology", in Brian Leftow and Brian Davies, eds., Aquinas: Questions on God (Cambridge University Press, 2006), 7-31.

  27. "Impossible Worlds", Religious Studies 42 (2006), 393-402.

  28. "Eternity", Donald Borchert, ed. Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd edition (Detroit: Macmillan, 2006).

  29. "Concepts of God", Donald Borchert, ed. Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd edition (Detroit: Macmillan, 2006).

  30. "Power, Possibilia and Non-Contradiction", The Modern Schoolman (2005), 231-43.

  31. "Divine Simplicity", Faith and Philosophy 23 (2006), 365-80.

  32. "No Best World: Creaturely Freedom", Religious Studies 41 (2005), 269-85.

  33. "Aquinas on God and Modal Truth", The Modern Schoolman 82 (2005), 171-200.

  34. "No Best World: Moral Luck", Religious Studies 41 (2005), 165-181.

  35. "The Ontological Argument", in William Wainwright, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion (NY: OUP, 2005), 80-115.

  36. "Anselm's Perfect Being Theology", in Brian Davies and Brian Leftow, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Anselm (NY: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 132-56.

  37. "Introduction" (with Brian Davies), in Brian Davies and Brian Leftow, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Anselm (NY: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 1-4.

  38. "A Latin Trinity", Faith and Philosophy 21 (2004), 304-33. Reprinted in Michael Rea, ed., Oxford Studies in Philosophical Theology 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009); Michael Rea and Thomas McCall, eds., Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009); Oliver Crisp, ed., A Reader in Contemporary Philosophical Theology (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, forthcoming).

  39. "Barth on God's Eternality", in George Hunsinger, ed., For the Sake of the World (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2004), 191-201.

  40. “Eternity and Immutability”, in William Mann, ed., The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Religion (NY: Basil Blackwell, 2004), 48-77.

  41. "Aquinas on Attributes", Medieval Philosophy and Theology 11 (2003), 1-41.

  42. "On a Principle of Sufficient Reason", Religious Studies 39 (2003), 269-86.

  43. “Anselm’s Neglected Argument”, Philosophy 77 (2002), 331-47.

  44. "A Timeless God Incarnate", in Daniel Kendall and Steven Davis, eds., The Incarnation (NY: Oxford University Press, 2002), 273-99.

  45. “Immutability”, The Stanford Online Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

  46. "The Eternal Present", in Gregory Ganssle and David Woodruff, eds., God and Time (Oxford University Press, 2001), 21-48.

  47. “Presentness, Dates and Eternity”, in L. Nathan Oaklander, ed., The Importance of Time (Boston: Kluwer 2001), 187-98.

  48. “Parts, Wholes and Eternity”, in in L. Nathan Oaklander, ed., The Importance of Time (Boston: Kluwer 2001), 199-206.

  49. "Souls Dipped in Dust: Aquinas on Soul and Body", in Kevin Corcoran, ed., Body, Soul and Survival (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2001), 120-38.

  50. "A God Beyond Space and Time", in Roy Varghese, ed., Theos, Anthropos, Christos (N.Y.: Peter Lang, 2000), 145-72.

  51. "Aquinas on the Infinite", Proceedings of the XX World Congress of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (BowlingGreen, Ohio: Philosophy Documentation Center, 1999), 27-38.

  52. "Anti Social Trinitarianism", in Steven Davis and Daniel Kendall, eds., The Trinity (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 203-48. Reprinted in Michael Rea, ed., Oxford Studies in Philosophical Theology 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

  53. "The Existence of God", in Roy Varghese, ed., Great Thinkers on Great Questions (London: One World Books/Penguin Books, 1998), 122-5.

  54. "The Nature of God", in Roy Varghese, ed., Great Thinkers on Great Questions (London: One World Books/Penguin Books, 1998), 230-2.

  55. "Concepts of God", The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (NY: Routledge, 1998), v. 4, 93-102.

  56. "Divine Simplicity", The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (NY: Routledge, 1998), v. 8, 784-8.

  57. "Immutability", The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (NY: Routledge, 1998).

  58. "Necessary Being", The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (NY: Routledge, 1998), v. 6, 743-7.

  59. "Omnipresence", The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (NY: Routledge, 1998), v. 7, 103-7.

  60. "Voluntarism", The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (NY: Routledge, 1998).

  61. "Eternity", in Philip Quinn and Charles Taliaferro, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Philosophy of Religion (NY: Cambridge University Press, 1997), 257-63.

  62. "Divine Action and Embodiment", Proceedings of the ACPA 71 (1997), 113-124.

  63. "Anselm on the Cost of Salvation", Medieval Philosophy and Theology B>7 (1997), 73-92.

  64. "Anselm on the Beauty of the Incarnation", The Modern Schoolman 72 (1995), 109-24.

  65. "Can Philosophy Argue God's Existence?", in Thomas Senor, ed., The Rationality of Belief and the Plurality of Faith (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995), 40-70.

  66. "Anselm on the Necessity of the Incarnation", Religious Studies 31 (1995), 167-85.

  67. "From Jerusalem to Athens", in Thomas Morris, ed., God and the Philosophers (NY: Oxford University Press, 1994), 189-207.

  68. "Timelessness and Divine Experience", Sophia 30 (1992), 43-53.

  69. "Timelessness and Foreknowledge", Philosophical Studies (U.S.) 63 (1991), 309-25.

  70. "Why Didn't God Create the World Sooner?", Religious Studies 27 (1991), 159-72.

  71. "Eternity and Simultaneity", Faith and Philosophy 8 (1991), 148-79.

  72. "Time, Actuality and Omniscience", Religious Studies 26 (1990), 303-22.

  73. "Aquinas on Time and Eternity", American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 64 (1990), 387-99.

  74. "Is God an Abstract Object?", Nous 24 (1990), 581-98.

  75. "God and Abstract Entities", Faith and Philosophy 7 (1990), 193-217.

  76. "Individual and Attribute in the Ontological Argument", Faith and Philosophy 7 (1990), 235-42.

  77. "Boethius on Eternity", History of Philosophy Quarterly 7 (1990), 123-42.

  78. "A Leibnizian Cosmological Argument", Philosophical Studies 57 (1989), 135-55.

  79. "Necessary Moral Perfection", Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 70 (1989), 240-60.

  80. "Perfection and Necessity", Sophia 28 (1989), 13-20.

  81. "Anselm on Omnipresence", The New Scholasticism 63 (1989), 326-57.

  82. "The Roots of Eternity", Religious Studies 24 (1989), 189-212.

  83. "A Modal Cosmological Argument", International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 24 (1988), 159-88.

  84. "Anselmian Polytheism", International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 23 (1988), 77-104.

  85. "Existence in the Understanding in Proslogion II", Anselm Studies 2 (1988), 251-61.

  86. "God and the World in Hegel and Whitehead", in G. Lucas, ed., Hegel and Whitehead (Albany: SUNY Press,1986), 237-47.

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