Richard Kearney ("//; born 1954, "Cork, Ireland) is the Charles Seelig Professor in "Philosophy at "Boston College and has taught "University College Dublin, the "Sorbonne, the "University of Nice, and the Australian Catholic University. He is the author of over 20 books on European philosophy and literature (including two novels and a volume of poetry) and has edited or co-edited 14 more. He was formerly a member of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and chairman of the Irish School of Film at University College Dublin. He is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy. As a public intellectual in Ireland, he was involved in drafting a number of proposals for a Northern Irish peace agreement (1983, 1993, 1995). He has presented five series on culture and philosophy for Irish and British television and broadcast extensively on the European media. He is currently international director of the Guestbook Project–Hosting the Stranger: Between Hostility and Hospitality. Richard Kearney currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is married to Anne Bernard and has two daughters, Simone and Sarah.
Kearney studied at "Glenstal Abbey under the "Benedictines until 1972 and graduated with a B.A. in 1975 from the University of Dublin. With fellow students he launched the "Crane Bag" journal. He completed an M.A. at "McGill University with Canadian philosopher "Charles Taylor in 1976 and held a Masters Travelling Studentship, National University of Ireland, in 1977. He then completed his Ph.D. with "Paul Ricœur at "University of Paris X: Nanterre. He corresponded with "Jean-Paul Sartre, "Jacques Derrida and other French philosophers of the era.["citation needed] He was also active in the Irish, British, and French media as a host for various television and radio programs on literary and philosophical themes. His work focuses on the philosophy of the narrative imagination, "hermeneutics and "phenomenology. Notable academic posts include University College of Dublin (1988-2001), The Film School, UCD (1993-2005), L’Institut Catholique de Paris, Louvain and Lisbon University (1994-1999), And Boston College (1999 – present).
Among his best known written works are The Wake of the Imagination (Routledge, 1998), On Stories (Routledge, 2001), Poetics of Imagining (Fordham, 1998), and Debates in Continental Philosophy (Fordham,2004).
He is the author of over 20 books on European philosophy and literature (including two novels and a volume of poetry) and has edited or co-edited many others. He was formerly a member of the "Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and chairman of the Irish School of Film at "University College Dublin. As a public figure in Ireland, he was involved in drafting a number of proposals for a Northern Irish peace agreement (1983, 1993, 1995). He has presented several series on culture and philosophy for Irish television and broadcast extensively on the European media. His most recent work is Anatheism, published by Columbia University Press in 2009.
He attempted to steer "a middle path between Romantic hermeneutics ("Schleiermacher) which retrieve and reappropriate God as presence and radical hermeneutics ("Derrida, "Caputo) which elevates "alterity to the status of undecidable "sublimity." He calls his approach "diacritical hermeneutics."