Stephen Buckland, SJ

/Stephen Buckland, SJ

Dr. Stephen Buckland, SJ

Senior Lecturer & Director of Masters Programme

I am a Jesuit and a Catholic priest, and a very amateur bird-watcher.I have BA Honours degrees from Rhodes University, South Africa (1971-4, English literature and history) and the University of London, UK (1978-81, philosophy and theology), a master’s degree in theology from the University of London, UK (1983-5, “African religious symbols and Christian theology”) and a PhD from Cambridge University, UK

My doctorate dissertation ((1992-6, “Theology and ‘the logic of practice’: a study with reference to Shona anthropology, history and religion”) addressed issues of epistemology in theological method through (of all things) a discussion of theory and practice in anthropology, using writings on the Shona of Zimbabwe as a case study of sorts.  I have taught subjects in philosophy at the Regional Major Seminary at Chishawasha, Harare and at Arrupe College Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities from 1996 to 2008, and re-joined its teaching staff in 2015.  These include philosophy of religion, philosophy of God, history of philosophy, and philosophical anthropology.