Patrick Masterson

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Patrick Masterson (born 1936, Dublin) is a former president of University College Dublin[1][2] and the European University Institute.[3] He has held numerous appointments in academia, and has authored several books and publications on philosophy and religion.

He received a First class degree from University College and then took a Ph.D. at Leuven in 1962.

He was a member of the staff of University College Dublin prior to being appointed Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology in 1980, Registrar in 1983 and President from 1986 until leaving in December 1993 to become Principal of the European University Institute, Florence, a post he held from 1994 to 2002.

He was Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Ireland from 1987 to 1988.

He is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Religion at University College Dublin.


  • Atheism and Alienation: The Philosophical Sources of Contemporary Atheism (Penguin, 1972)
  • The Sense of Creation - Experience and the God Beyond (Ashgate 2008, ISBN 978-0-7546-6426-0).[4]
  • With Seamus Heaney: Articulations: poetry, philosophy, and the shaping of culture (Royal Irish Academy, 2008)
  • Approaching God: Between Phenomenology and Theology (Bloomsbury 2013, ISBN 9781623563080).


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  2. ^ "Dublin university president aims to lure foreigners". The Boston Globe. 29 September 1991. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Survey eyes PhD career paths". Times Higher Education Supplement. 5 July 1996. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Barden, Garrett (2009). "THE SENSE OF CREATION: EXPERIENCE AND THE GOD BEYOND�by Patrick Masterson". New Blackfriars. 90 (1027): 388. doi:10.1111/j.1741-2005.2009.01283_3.x.