Dr. Seamus O'Neill

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

 

Areas of Specialization:
  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Neoplatonism
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Demonology
  • St. Augustine

 

 

 

Seamus O’Neill is Associate Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at The Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. O’Neill’s main philosophical interests are Ancient and Medieval Philosophy generally, Metaphysics, and the Philosophy of Religion. His current research deals with St. Augustine and other thinkers such as Plotinus, Boethius, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Bonaventure and their relation to the Neoplatonic tradition, specifically concerning the question of human/divine mediation. He is co-editor of Neoplatonic Demons and Angels (Brill, 2018), and has published articles and book chapters on figures such as St. Augustine, Porphyry, Iamblichus, Boethius, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Dante, and on the history of Platonic thought, demonology, the problem of evil, and the relation between ancient and scholastic thought and contemporary philosophical trends. His recent SSHRC grant was entitled, "Reconstructing the Demonology of St. Augustine" (2014-2017). Currently, he is writing a book-length manuscript on the results of this research while working on the demonology of St. Thomas Aquinas and its philosophical import. Dr. O’Neill regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Plato, Aristotle, Boethius, Dante, Neoplatonic thought, and the histories of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, and has also taught courses on Greek and Roman myth and drama, and the Latin language.

 

Contact

Seamus O'Neill

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000