Professor Phillip Cary, Ph.D.

Professor Phillip Cary
  • Eastern University
  • Yale University
In many ways, Plato was the founding figure of Western philosophy; although there were philosophers before him, his writings were the first that founded a lasting Western philosophy.

Dr. Phillip Cary is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, where he is also Scholar-in-Residence at the Templeton Honors College. After receiving his B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, Professor Cary earned his M.A. in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale University. Professor Cary is a recent winner of the Lindback Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at Eastern University. He has also taught at Yale University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Hartford. As the Arthur J. Ennis Post-Doctoral Fellow at Villanova University, he taught the nationally recognized undergraduate Core Humanities seminars on ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and modern thought. As a scholar, Professor Cary's specialty is the thought of Augustine, but he has also published scholarly articles on Luther, the doctrine of the Trinity, and personal knowledge. His most recent books include two on Augustine, Inner Grace and Outward Signs, both published by Oxford University Press in 2008, as well as a commentary on the book of Jonah, also in 2008, published by Brazos Press.


"Professor Philip Cary is an outstanding lecturer and scholar. He cuts straight to the heart of Augustine's central ideas and illuminates their philosophical underpinnings."


"Professor Cary is wonderful and dynamic! He demonstrates a respect for the material and a scholarly, organized approach. I'll be listening to this series over and over!"


"Professor Cary does an amazing job of summarizing a long and complicated subject into a concise and interesting account of Christianity in its many forms. As usual, Professor Cary exceeds your expectations!"

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