Eleonore Stump

Eleonore Stump is The Robert J. Henle Professor Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992. She has published extensively in medieval philosophy, philosophical theology, and metaphysics. Among her books are Boethius's De topicis differentiis (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1978; second printing, 1989); The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas, (with Norman Kretzmann) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993); Aquinas's Moral Theory: Essays in Honor of Norman Kretzmann, (with Scott MacDonald),  (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1999); Aquinas, (in the series The Arguments of the Philosophers) (London and New York: Routledge, 2003); and Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). ). She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division.

Athens and Jerusalem: The Relationship of Philosophy and Biblical Studies

What is the relationship of philosophy and biblical studies? The answer to this question can’t be given without an answer to a more basic question: what is the boundary line between philosophy and theology? I will argue that focus on narratives helps to illuminate the differences between the disciplines. Then I will canvass recent scientific studies on social cognition to show the role that narratives play in the acquisition and transfer of a certain kind of human knowledge. With the help of certain elements of medieval and Jewish metaphysics, I will argue that narrative-based human knowledge is necessary for understanding the ultimate foundation of reality. I will conclude by arguing that, for these reasons, philosophy and biblical studies should be complementary to each other.