Biography:Eleonore Stump

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Short description: American philosopher
Eleonore Stump
Born (1947-08-09) August 9, 1947 (age 76)
Alma mater
Era20th-/21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
ThesisBoethius's De Topicis Differentiis (1975)
Doctoral advisorNorman Kretzmann[citation needed]
Notable studentsAndrew Pinsent
Main interests

Eleonore Stump (born August 9, 1947) is an American philosopher and the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992.


Eleonore Stump received her first degree, a B.A. in classical languages from Grinnell College in 1969.[1] She was class valedictorian and received the Archibald Prize for scholarship. She has an M.A. in biblical studies (New Testament) from Harvard University (1971), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in medieval studies (medieval philosophy) from Cornell University (1975). Before coming to Saint Louis University, she taught at Oberlin College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and University of Notre Dame. Currently, she also holds secondary or honorary appointments at Wuhan University, the University of St Andrews, and Australian Catholic University.

In 1992 she joined Saint Louis University. She is their Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy.[2]

She has published in medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion, and contemporary metaphysics. Her books include her major study Aquinas (Routledge, 2003), her extensive treatment of the problem of evil, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford, 2010), her recent treatment of the Christian doctrine of the atonement, Atonement (Oxford, 2018), and her recent treatment of the problem of mourning, The Image of God (Oxford, 2022).

Among the named lectureships she has given are the Gifford Lectures[1] (Aberdeen, 2003), the Wilde lectures (Oxford, 2006), the Stewart lectures (Princeton, 2009), and the Stanton Lectures (Cambridge, 2018). In 2013, the American Catholic Philosophical Association awarded her the Aquinas medal.

She has held grants from the Danforth Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women, the National Humanities Center, and the Pew Charitable Trust. In addition, she has received several teaching awards, including, in 2004, the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching from Baylor University. For 2013–15, together with John Greco, she held a $3.3 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation for a project on intellectual humility. In 2017 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

She has served as president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the American Philosophical Association, Central Division, and the Philosophers in Jesuit Education. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[citation needed]


  • Stump, E (1978). Boethius's" De Topicis Differentiis". 
  • Stump, E (1979). "Petitionary prayer". American Philosophical Quarterly 16 (2): 81–91. 
  • Stump, E; N Kretzmann (1981). "Eternity". The Journal of Philosophy 78 (8): 429–458. doi:10.2307/2026047. 
  • Stump, E (1985). "The problem of evil". Faith and Philosophy 2 (4): 392–423. doi:10.5840/faithphil19852443. 
  • Stump, E; N Kretzmann (1985). "Absolute simplicity". Faith and Philosophy 2 (4): 353–382. doi:10.5840/faithphil19852449. 
  • Kretzmann, N; E Stump (1988). The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts: Volume 1, Logic and the Philosophy of Language. 
  • Stump, E (1988). Sanctification, hardening of the heart, and Frankfurt's concept of free will. 
  • Stump, E (1989). Dialectic and its Place in the Development of Medieval Logic. 
  • Stump, E (1990). Intellect, will, and the principle of alternative possibilities. 
  • Stump, E; N Kretzmann (1991). Being and goodness. 
  • Kretzmann, N; E Stump (1993). The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas. 
  • Stump, E (1995). "Non-Cartesian substance dualism and materialism without reductionism". Faith and Philosophy 12 (4): 505–531. doi:10.5840/faithphil199512430. 
  • Stump, E (1996). Libertarian freedom and the principle of alternative possibilities. 
  • Stump, E; Scott MacDonald (1998). Aquinas's Moral Theory. 
  • Stump, E (1999). "Alternative possibilities and moral responsibility: The flicker of freedom". The Journal of Ethics 3 (4): 299–324. doi:10.1023/A:1009871602552. 
  • Stump, E; MJ Murray (1999). Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions. 
  • Stump, E (2001). "Augustine on free will". The Cambridge Companion to Augustine: 124–147. doi:10.1017/CCOL0521650186.011. ISBN 9780521650182. 
  • Stump, E; N Kretzmann (2001). The Cambridge Companion to Augustine. 
  • Stump, E (2006). "Love, by All Accounts". American Philosophical Association: 25–43. 
  • Stump, E (2008). Aquinas. 
  • Stump, E (2010). Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering. 
  • Stump, E (2016). The God of the Bible and the God of the Philosophers. 
  • Stump, E (2018). Atonement. 
  • Stump, E (2021). The Image of God. 


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