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Alumnus Publishes Doctoral Dissertation

Alum Brendan Sammon has published his doctoral dissertation The God Who is Beauty: Beauty as a Divine Name in Thomas Aquinas and Dionysius the Areopagite, which examines both the historical development of beauty’s appropriation as a name for God in Dionysius and Thomas, and the various contours of what it means. As a phenomenon of inquiry, beauty proves itself to be enigmatic and elusive to even the sharpest intellects in the Greek philosophical tradition. When it is absorbed within the Christian theological synthesis, however, its enigmatic content proves to be a powerful resource for theological reasoning.