Joseph Stephen O’Leary is an Irish Roman Catholic theologian. Born in Cork, 1949, he studied literature and theology at Maynooth College (BA 1969; DD 1976). He also studied at the Gregorian University, Rome (1972-3) and in Paris (1977-79). Ordained for the Diocese of Cork and Ross in 1973, he was a chaplain at University College Cork (1980-81). He taught theology at the University of Notre Dame (1981-82) and Duquesne University (1982-83) before moving to Japan in August, 1983. He worked as a researcher at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nanzan University, Nagoya (1985-86), where he later held the Roche Chair for Interreligious Research (2015-16). He taught in the Faculty of Letters at Sophia University, Tokyo, from 1988 to 2015.

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  • Joseph Stephen O’Leary is an Irish Roman Catholic theologian. Born in Cork, 1949, he studied literature and theology at Maynooth College (BA 1969; DD 1976). He also studied at the Gregorian University, Rome (1972-3) and in Paris (1977-79). Ordained for the Diocese of Cork and Ross in 1973, he was a chaplain at University College Cork (1980-81). He taught theology at the University of Notre Dame (1981-82) and Duquesne University (1982-83) before moving to Japan in August, 1983. He worked as a researcher at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nanzan University, Nagoya (1985-86), where he later held the Roche Chair for Interreligious Research (2015-16). He taught in the Faculty of Letters at Sophia University, Tokyo, from 1988 to 2015. Other assignments include teaching philosophy and theology in the Philippines in 1986-87, the Lady Donnellan Lecturership at Trinity College Dublin, in the spring of 1991, the Chaire Étienne Gilson at the Institut Catholique de Paris, March, 2011, and visiting fellowships at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1997 and the Humboldt Universität, Berlin (with the Romano Guardini Stiftung) in 2012. Joseph O’Leary is editorial assistant to The Japan Mission Journal, which often publishes articles of interreligious interest, and is a regular participant in the Tokyo Buddhist Discussion Group. He frequentlly attends academic conferences, including the quadrennila Origenianum and Gregory of Nyssa conferences, the Oxford Patristic Conference, the biennial Enrico Castelli conference in philosophy of religion (University of Rome La Sapienza), the International James Joyce Symposium, the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, the International Association for Buddhist Studies, and many conferences held at Cerisy-la-Salle in Normandy. With Richard Kearney and William Desmond, O'Leary was named one of the "Three Irish Philosophers" in Irish Times (2003). (en)
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  • Contemporary Philosophy, Theology, Patristics, Comparative Philosophy of Religion, Buddhist-Christian Dialogue (en)
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  • Plotinus, Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Derrida, Lacan, Origen, Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, Luther, Jansenism, Newman, Modernism, Karl Barth, Karl Rahner, Vatican II, Henry James, T. S. Eliot, Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Rilke, Thomas Mann, Mallarmé, Proust, Claudel, Milton, Racine, Goethe, Hölderlin, Wordsworth, and Shelley. (en)
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  • Joseph Stephen O’Leary is an Irish Roman Catholic theologian. Born in Cork, 1949, he studied literature and theology at Maynooth College (BA 1969; DD 1976). He also studied at the Gregorian University, Rome (1972-3) and in Paris (1977-79). Ordained for the Diocese of Cork and Ross in 1973, he was a chaplain at University College Cork (1980-81). He taught theology at the University of Notre Dame (1981-82) and Duquesne University (1982-83) before moving to Japan in August, 1983. He worked as a researcher at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nanzan University, Nagoya (1985-86), where he later held the Roche Chair for Interreligious Research (2015-16). He taught in the Faculty of Letters at Sophia University, Tokyo, from 1988 to 2015. (en)
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