SWEETMAN, ROBERT Contact Areas of Interest

Sweetman, Robert
t: 416-979-2331 ext. 231
e: bsweetman@icscanada.edu
  • Dominican tradition of thought in the thirteenth century
  • The “school” of Chartres in the twelfth century
  • Character and role of story in philosophical, theological and pastoral thought
  • Relationship of story to argument


Robert Sweetman is cross-appointed from the Centre for Medieval Studies where he holds his ad status appointment at the University of Toronto. His primary appointment is with the Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto) where he holds the H. Evan Runner Chair in the History of Philosophy.

Primary Teaching

  • Matter Body Gender in the Thought of Bernardus Silvestris
  • Alan of Lille, Hildegard of Bingen and Thomas Aquinas
  • Nature, the Supernatural and Miracle in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas
  • Albert the Great, Meister Eckhart and Women’s Spirituality
  • Spiritual Exercise as Christian Philosophy from Augustine to Bonaventure
  • Rhetoric as Philosophy from Isocrates to the Age of Abelard and Heloise

Selected Publications

“Foreward.” In Louis Mackey. Faith Order Understanding: Natural Theology in the Augustinian Tradition. Toronto: The Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, 2011. xi-xxiii.

“Sin Has Its Place, but All Shall Be Well: The Universalism of Hope in Julian of Norwich (c. 1342-c. 1416).” “All Shall Be Well:” Explorations in Universalism and Christian Theology, from Origen to Moltmann. Ed. Gregory MacDonald. Eugene OR: Cascade Books, 2011. 66-92.

“Exempla and the Promotion of Religious Identity: Gerard of Frachet’s Vitae fratrum.” Weapons of Mass Instruction: Secular and Religious Institutions Teaching the World. Eds. Joseph Goering, Francesco Guardiani, Giulio Silano. Ottawa: Legas, 2008. 41-50.

Nisi necessitate et utilitate: Catherine of Sienna’s Dominican Confessors and the Principles of a Licit Pastoral ‘Irregularity.’” Rule Makers and Rule Breakers. Eds. Joseph Goering, Francesco Guardiani, Giulio Silano. Ottawa: Legas, 2006. 199-210.

“Haunting Conceptual Boundaries: Miracle in the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas.” Limina: Thresholds and Boundaries. Eds. Joseph Goering, Francesco Guardiani, Giulio Silano. Ottawa: Legas, 2005. 63-72

“Univocity, Analogy and the Mystery of Being According to John Duns Scotus.” Creation, Covenant and Participation: Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition. Eds. James K.A. Smith and James H. Olthuis. Grand Rapids MI: Baker Academic, 2005. 73-87.