Senior Research Fellows

Prior to joining the Logos Institute, Dr. Bruce Ellis Benson was the recipient of a planning grant from the Templeton Religion Trust (TRT). With the help of that grant and the support of the Logos Institute, he is currently putting together a multi-year grant proposal for TRT designed to bring analytic and continental philosophers of religion together with neuroscientists. The project is titled “Varieties of Spiritual Practice” and focuses on everyday spiritual phenomena such as love, forgiveness, and suffering. Among other projects, he is working on a book on forgiveness.

Dr. Benson has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College (IL), Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at Union Theological Seminary (NYC).

He is the author or editor of thirteen books, including Graven Ideologies: Nietzsche, Derrida and Marion on Modern Idolatry (IVP), The Improvisation of Musical Dialogue: A Phenomenology of Music (Cambridge), the award-winning Pious Nietzsche: Decadence and Dionysian Faith (Indiana), and (with J. Aaron Simmons) The New Phenomenology: A Philosophical Introduction (Bloomsbury). He has published over ninety book chapters, articles, and reviews.

In addition to TRT funding, he has received funding from the Lilly Endowment, the Fieldstead Corporation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. He has been a Belgian-American Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, and a Flemish Community Fellow.

Dr. Benson serves as the Executive Director of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology, an organization he co-founded in 1997. He is co-editor of the series “Prophetic Christianity” (Eerdmans) and a Philosophy of Religion editor for Syndicate.


Dr. Faith Glavey Pawl has been teaching philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, since 2008, where she primarily teaches Ethics.  She received her PhD from Saint Louis University in 2014, where she wrote a dissertation under Eleonore Stump on animal suffering as part of the problem of evil. Her current researches ask questions about animals and the environment in the light of Christian philosophical theology   She also writes about resources in medieval philosophy, especially in Aquinas, for addressing questions about environmental values.  She is a member of the Executive committee of the Society of Christian Philosophers.  Faith is delighted to join the Logos Institute

 


Dr. Timothy Pawl is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He completed his graduate work at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, under the supervision of Eleonore Stump.  He is happy to be at St. Mary’s at St. Andrews in St. Andrews, where he continues to be surrounded by a communion of saints.

Dr. Pawl’s primary research interests are analytic metaphysics, medieval philosophy (esp. Aquinas), and analytic theology.  His recent work has been at the intersection of these three interests and is best represented by a pair of recent monographs from Oxford University Press: In Defense of Conciliar Christology: A Philosophical Essay (2016) and In Defense of Extended Conciliar Christology: A Philosophical Essay (2019).  Part of his time at the Logos Institute will be spent writing a book on the Incarnation for the Cambridge Elements series.

Dr. Pawl recently began a three-year Academic Cross-Training Fellowship from the John Templeton Foundation to study contemporary psychology and its evidential relation to traditional Christian wisdom concerning growth in virtue.  For instance, Lorenzo Scupoli, in his classic, The Spiritual Combat, spells out a series of steps to take in order to grow in patience.  For hundreds of years, people have followed his advice.  But is his advice consistent with the findings of contemporary psychology?  Supported by the findings?  Perhaps disconfirmed by them?  Timothy Pawl’s project is to collect together the traditional Christian moral wisdom, conceptually analyze it, and finally assess its relation to contemporary psychology.

Previously, Along with Dr. Gloria Frost, Dr. Pawl co-led another grant from the John Templeton Foundation entitled The Classical Theism Project.  He has served on the Executive Committee of the Society of Christian Philosophers and is currently on the Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.