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Philosophy and Religion

Peter Weigel

Associate Professor of Philosophy - on research leave Jan.-Sept. 2014

* Please note Dr. Matthew McCabe is Department Chair as of July 2014.

Related inquiries may be sent to him at  - mmccabe2@washcoll.edu




  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Yale University
  • M.Phil., Logic and Metaphysics, University of St. Andrews (UK)
  • B.A., Philosophy, Marquette University



Lecturer at Yale University and Fairfield Jesuit University, prior to 2001

Assistant Professor at WC 2001-2007

Associate Professor at WC 2007 - present 


Department Chair, July 2011 - July 2014 

Principal Advisor to WC Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture, 2010 - present 

Humanities Major Board and Advisor, 2007 - present


Areas of Interest


  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Christianity / Comparative Religion
  • Analytic Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy


Regular courses


Philosophy of Religion, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Logic, Analytic Philosophy, Existentialism, Comparative Religion (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), assorted Great Books courses.


Select recent work


  • A book on the philosophical theology of Thomas Aquinas, Aquinas on Simplicity (Oxford: Peter Lang Publishers, 2008).
  • “Happiness, Division, and the Self in Plato’s Symposium” in The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research 96 (January, 2008).
  • “Memory and the Unity of the Imagination in Spinoza” in International Philosophical Quarterly (June, 2009)
  • “Divine Simplicity” for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, March 2010.
  • A review of Paul Kirkland’s Nietzsche’s Noble Aims in The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 53, No.4 (June, 2010).
  • “Singular Cognition: Brief Remarks on Klima and Pini” in the Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics (SMLM) Vol. 9, Ed. Gyula Klima and Alexander Hall (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), 39-43.
  • “Simplicity and Explanation in Aquinas’ God,” (2002), reprinted in Categories, and What is Beyond, Ed. Gyula Klima and Alexander Hall (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), 113-128.
  • A review of Eugene Thacker’s After life, in The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. LXV, No.2 (March, 2012).



  • Edited book with introduction, Christian Philosophical Perspectives on Human Nature, (Peter Lang, forthcoming Summer 2014). [co-edited with Joseph Prud’homme]
  • Edited book of homilies by Jesuit theologian Fr. Richard Roach SJ, Faith, Love, and Mercy: Homilies in Catholic Life (Wipf & Stock Publishers, early 2015).
  • Article “Aquinas and Locke on Person and Resurrection,” published in Proceedings for Society of Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, forthcoming in 2015. 
  • Multiple book reviews for Review of Metaphysics journal and Phi Beta Kappa Society ‘Life of the Mind’ series, forthcoming 2014-2015.