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Brian Cronin

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 303-B, Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00–12:00
Phone: 412.396.6163


Ph.D., Philosophy, Boston College, 1986
S.T.L., Theology, Gregorian, Rome, 1972
B.Soc.Sc., Social Science, University College Dublin, 1966


I am Irish and joined the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) in Ireland. I spent from 1972 to 1980 in missionary pastoral work in Nairobi Archdiocese of Kenya. I have been teaching philosophy since in Kibosho Senior Seminary (1980-1983) and Spiritan Missionary Seminary Arusha Tanzania (1986-2008). I have specialized in appropriating the philosophical approach of Bernard Lonergan S.J. and designing courses for its effective teaching at undergraduate level. For health reasons I was discouraged from returning to Africa and so I rejoice in the opportunity to spread the good news of a solid, critical, methodical, verifiable philosophy in Duquesne University.



I have written two books with a view to propagating the views of Bernard Lonergan: Foundations of Philosophy: Lonergan's Cognitional Theory and Epistemology, Consolata Institute of Philosophy Press, 1999, 2005; and Value Ethics: A lonergan Perspective, Consolata Institute of Philosophy Press, 2006. These were written with the help of five Post-Doctoral Fellowships from Boston College Lonergan institute. I think that the philosophy of Bernard Lonergan is rooted in the tradition of Aristotle and St. Thomas but at the same time has appropriated, transcended and brought to fulfilment the aspirations of the scientific revolution and of philosophers of modern and post-modern ambitions.