Inaugural Symposium

Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University

Paul J. Griffiths to Speak on Virtue and the Intellectual Life

Paul Griffiths

Born in England, Paul J. Griffiths received a bachelor of arts with first class honors in theology in 1978 and a master's of philosophy in Sanskrit and classical Indian religion from Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983, where he was a visiting professor of Sanskrit and Buddhist studies from 1983 to 1984. From 1984 to 1986, he was an assistant professor of Sanskrit at the University of Chicago. In 1986 he moved to the University of Notre Dame as an assistant professor of theology. He returned to the University of Chicago in 1990 as an associate professor until being named a full professor of philosophy of religion, holding appointments in the university's divinity school, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and The College. From 2000 to 2007 Griffiths was Schmitt Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago, with appointments in the Department of Classics & Mediterranean Studies, the Department of Philosophy, and the Committee on Religious Studies. He joined the faculty of Duke Divinity School in January 2008 as Warren Professor of Catholic Theology.

Griffiths main intellectual interests include post-1950 Catholic philosophical theology; the philosophical and political questions arising from religious diversity; 4th- and 5th-century African Christian thought (especially Augustine); and Gupta-period Indian Buddhist thought (especially Yogacara).

He is the author of nine books, the most recent of which is Intellectual Appetite: A Theological Grammar (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2009). His commentary on the New Vulgate Latin version of the Song of Songs will appear from Brazos Press in 2011. Griffiths was co-author or editor of seven books and has a long history of publication in scholarly journals.

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