Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Catherine (Cathy) Buescher

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EMAIL

cbuescher@luc.edu

STANDING

PhD Candidate

Dissertation Title: "Dialogical Hermeneutics, Silence, and Forgiveness at the Limit in Shūsaku Endō’s Novel Silence"

DISSERTATION DIRECTOR

John McCarthy

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Dialogical hermeneutics and its application to intra- and inter-religious dialogue; exploration of the phenomenon on the other side of Ricoeur's positive limit of dialogical hermeneutics; identification and analysis of that phenomenon as silent forgiveness; relationality and change as the fundamental phenomena of universe and the implications for theology and theological ethics

ADMINISTRATION WORK 

Project Coordinator, Center for Faculty Excellence, Office of the Provost (April 2021 - present)

Project Coordinator, Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy (August 2019 - May 2020)

PRESENTATIONS

“Cognitive Science of Religion, Theism and Freedom: An Investigation into Compatibility.” The Genesis of Concepts and the Confrontation of Rationalities Conference, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la Neuve, Belgium, October 8, 2015.

“Suffering: A Catholic-Buddhist Dialogues.” Engaging Particularities XIII: New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions, and Missiology Conference, Boston College, Boston, March 26, 2015.

“Do We Have a Soul? Answers from Substance Dualism, Eliminative Physicalism and Nonreductive Physicalism and Their Implications for Christian Theology.” Theta Alpha Kappa Panel: Is My Brain Killing My Soul, Loyola University Chicago, February 19, 2014.

CONFERENCES

“Christology: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” 13th Annual Loyola University Chicago/Marquette Graduate Theological Colloquium, February 21, 2015. Respondent to Ashley Smith's “A Christologically Shaped Lens for the Discussion of Disability: Rethinking the Able-Normative Theological Vision.”

“Theology and Ethics in the Midst of Ecological Concern,” 12th Annual Loyola University Chicago/Marquette Graduate Theological Colloquium, February, 15, 2014.

EDUCATION

Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Ph.D. – Integrative Studies in Ethics and Theology
Anticipated 2022

Fordham University, New York, NY
M.A. – Theology, summa cum laude, 2013

Creighton University, Omaha, NE
B.S. – Elementary Education, summa cum laude, 1993

COURSES TAUGHT

THEO 100 - Introduction to Christian Theology (3 semesters)