Will Sweet

Will Sweet is President of the Canadian Theological Society, and Jules Léger Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Theology, and Cultural Traditions, and Member of the Advising Faculty in Catholic Studies at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS. He studied political science at the Université Paris 1-Sorbonne (with Luc Ferry); philosophy at l’Université d’Ottawa and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; and theology at the Centre Sèvres (Faculté de théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus, Paris), l’Université Saint-Paul, and the University of South Africa.

A Past President of the Canadian Philosophical Association, he is also President honoraire / President Emeritus of the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association and of the Istituto Internazionale Jacques Maritain (Rome). He currently serves as Vice President (Research) of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP), and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie.

Professor Sweet has lectured on 6 continents, and has taught as a Visiting Professor at universities in Asia and Europe, including Renmin University in China, the Catholic University of Lublin (Poland), Soochow University and Fu Jen University in Taiwan, and the Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (the Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy, Theology and Canon Law) in Bangalore, India.

He has published extensively in theology, religious studies, and philosophy, particularly in cross-cultural philosophy of religion, Indian and British idealisms, Asian Christianities, the philosophy of law, bioethics, and human rights. He is editor of the journal Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions and the author and/or editor of some 30 books; among the more recent are Intercultural Dialogue and Human Rights (2011), Responses to the Enlightenment (2012), Migrating Texts and Traditions (2012), Ideas Under Fire (2013), What is Intercultural Philosophy? (2014), Cultural Clash and Religion (2015), and Care of Self and Meaning of Life: Christian and Asian Perspectives (2016). Professor Sweet is also the translator and editor of Jacques Maritain’s posthumously published Lectures on Natural Law.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2013, of the Royal Historical Society in 2014, and of the Royal Society of Canada in 2017.