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Philosophy Professor Receives Honor from Irish University

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Villanova, Pa. – A Villanova University Philosophy professor has received an honorary doctorate from the international Maynooth University in Ireland. William Desmond, PhD, the David R. Cook Chair in Philosophy, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature on October 28, 2015. 

Dr. Desmond received the honorary doctorate for his contribution to scholarship and philosophy and for being “a flag-bearer for Irish thought on the international stage,” according to Maynooth University President and Professor Philip Nolan in his remarks. Dr. Desmond has authored 12 books on philosophy, including the Prix Cardinal Mercier and J.N. Findlay award-winning, Being and the Between, and has edited five books and published more than 100 articles. He is a native of Cork, Ireland and holds a Doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Desmond has held the David R. Cook Chair in Philosophy at Villanova since 2005.

An internationally acclaimed philosopher, Dr. Desmond’s work is primarily in metaphysics, aesthetics and the philosophy of religion. In addition to his appointments at the Catholic University of Leuven and Villanova, Dr. Desmond has held visiting professor positions across the world including the University of Beijing, Boston University, American University of Cairo, and NUI Galway. He is also an internationally respected Hegel scholar and was formerly the president of the Hegel Society of American, president of the Metaphysical Society of America and president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

At Villanova, Dr. Desmond teaches Hegel, Irish philosophy, and philosophy and religion in the Department of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Villanova offers PhD, MA and BA degrees in Philosophy, as well as an interdisciplinary program in Irish Studies for undergraduates.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:  Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world.  With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

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