Dr Peter Gallagher SJ

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Dates at Heythrop College: 1994-2018

Lecturer in Philosophy from 1994

Head of philosophy department 2003-2017

Vice-principal Academic 2017-2018


Following undergraduate studies at Heythrop College; Centre Sèvres, Paris; and Literae Humaniores, Oxford, Peter studied for a Dip. Ed at Glasgow and an MTh Patristic Theology at Heythrop. His doctorate degree was in ancient philosophy ("Plotinus' correction of some Gnostic misunderstandings of his theory of Intellect") undertaken at King's College, London.

Teaching at Heythrop

  • Natural theology and philosophy of religion
  • Greek philosophy including the Hellenistic period and late antiquity;
  • other periods in the history of Western philosophy;
  • Aesthetics and philosophy of literature;
  • Logic, metaphysics and ethics

Research Interests

  • Ancient philosophy
  • Aesthetics