Catherine Kavanagh

Catherine Kavanagh
  • University of Limerick
  • Lecturer
  • Residential Fellow (2014-2015)
  • "Eriugena’s Trinity: A Framework for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue"

Catherine Kavanagh is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Mary Immaculate College. Her interests include Medieval philosophy, Medieval theology and patristics, especially the systematic areas of Christology and Trinitarian theology, and the relation of these to contemporary developments in philosophy and theology.

Much of Dr. Kavanagh’s published work has focused on Johannes Scottus Eriugena, especially in his capacity as a figure who links Eastern and Western philosophical and theological traditions. Her most recent publications includeThe Role of the Linguistic “Artes” in the Theological Method of Johannes Scottus Eriugena (forthcoming); “Maximus Embellished? The Poetry of Johannes Scottus Eriugena” in The Beauty of the Presence of God in the Fathers of the Church. The Eighth International Maynooth Patristic Conference (2012) (eds. V. Twomey and J. Rutherford; 2014); “Maximus the Confessor and the Western Tradition: Johannes Scottus Eriugena” in The Oxford Handbook to Maximus the Confessor (ed. B. Neil and P. Allen; 2014); and “Eriugena the Exegete: Hermeneutics in a Biblical Context in the Thought of Johannes Scottus Eriugena” in Brill Companion to Eriugena (ed. A Guiu and S. Lahey; 2014). She has served as associate editor (2006-2011) and as general editor (2011- ) of The Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society.

She has held the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship in Early Medieval Thought in the School of Classics and worked at the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Florence, funded by the Italian Ministero degli Affari Esteri. She was elected President of the Irish Philosophical Society in 2011, having previously served on the Committee for several years. She has also served on the Royal Irish Academy’s Committee on Philosophy and Ethics on behalf of the Irish Philosophical Society and on behalf of the Department of Philosophy, Mary Immaculate College, and she is External Examiner in Philosophy for All Hallows College, Dublin.