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Father Brian Evan Anthony Davies, OP (born 1951) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University (since 1995), and author of the classic, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, now available in a third English edition and translated into five Asian and European languages.


Brian Davies read Theology at the University of Bristol[1] (BA 1972) and undertook graduate studies at King's College London (M.Th, 1973; Tutorial Assistant, 1974–6; Ph.D, 1976).[2]


He spent the period 1982–95 at the University of Oxford. Throughout those years he was Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy at Blackfriars, Oxford. Davies was also Tutor in Theology, St Benet's Hall and a member of the Faculty of Theology (1983–95); Regent of Studies of the English Dominican Province (1988–95); University Research Lecturer (1993–95); and member of the Sub-Faculty of Philosophy (1994–95).[2]

In 1994 Davies was appointed Regent of Blackfriars and, as a Head of House, received the degree of Master of Arts by Special Decree by the University of Oxford. In 1995 he took up his current appointment at Fordham University.[1] He held Visiting Professorships at the Beda College, Rome (Spring 1987 and Spring 1988), Fordham University (July-August 1987, July-August 1988, and Fall 1994), and Candler School of Theology, Emory University (Spring 1993).[2]



Some of Davies's publications include:

  • An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1982; revised edition, 1993; 3rd edition 2003; Korean translation, 1996; Romanian translation, 1996; Ukrainian translation, 1996; Hungarian translation, 1999; Polish translation 2006)
  • Thinking About God (Geoffrey Chapman: London, 1985)
  • The Thought of Thomas Aquinas (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1992)
  • Aquinas (Continuum: London and New York, 2002)
  • Aquinas: An Introduction (Continuum: London and New York, 2003)
  • The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil (Continuum: London and New York, 2006)
  • "'Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil'" (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2011)

He has also contributed:


Davies has edited:

  • Language, Meaning and God: Essays in honour of Herbert McCabe O.P. (Geoffrey Chapman: London, 1987)
  • With G.R. Evans, Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works (Oxford University Press: Oxford,1998)
  • Philosophy of Religion: A Guide to the Subject (Geoffrey Chapman: London, 1998)
  • Philosophy of Religion: A Guide and Anthology (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2000)
  • The De Malo of Thomas Aquinas (tr. Richard Regan; ed., Introduction, and Notes Brian Davies) (Oxford University Press: New York and Oxford, 2001)
  • Thomas Aquinas: Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives (Oxford University Press: New York and Oxford, 2002)
  • With Brian Leftow, The Cambridge Companion to Anselm (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2004)
  • Aquinas's “Summa Theologiae”: Critical Essays (Rowman and Littlefield: Lanham, Boulder, New York, Toronto, Oxford, 2005)
  • With Brian Leftow, Aquinas: “Summa Theologiae”, Questions on God (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 2006)
  • With Eleonore Stump, The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Davies also edits the Outstanding Christian Thinkers series (Continuum: London and New York, 1989–2004), having overseen the publication of twenty-eight volumes, and of the Great Medieval Thinkers, published by Oxford University Press. He was Book Reviews Editor for New Blackfriars (1979–95) and a member of the editorial board for Religious Studies (2000–6). He is now Associate European Editor (since 1992) for the International Philosophical Quarterly.

As literary executor for the late Herbert McCabe (died 2001), Davies edited and published five volumes of work that McCabe left at the time of his death: God Still Matters (Continuum: London and New York, 2002); God, Christ and Us (Continuum: London and New York, 2003); The Good Life: Ethics and the Pursuit of Happiness (Continuum: London and New York, 2005); Faith Within Reason (Continuum: London and New York, 2007); and On Aquinas (Continuum: London and New York, 2008).


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