R.J. Snell is Director of Academic Programs at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ, and Academic Director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Life at Princeton University. He is a Contributing Editor of Public Discourse and serves on the editorial board of Method Journal of Lonergan Studies.
Previously, he was professor of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy Program at Eastern University and the Templeton Honors College, where he founded and directed the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good. He began his academic career at North Park University in Chicago.
He did graduate work in philosophy at Boston College and Marquette University. Research interests include natural law theory, Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and the work of Bernard Lonergan, SJ.
Snell is the author of Through a Glass Darkly: Bernard Lonergan and Richard Rorty on Knowing without a God’s-eye View; Authentic Cosmopolitanism (with Steve Cone); The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode; Acedia and Its Discontents; co-editor of Subjectivity: Ancient and Modern and Nature: Ancient and Modern (with Steven McGuire); Mind, Heart, and Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome (with Robert P. George); as well as articles, chapters, and essays in a variety of scholarly and popular venues. He and his family reside in the Princeton area.