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Paul Gaffney

Associate Professor
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, 1991
  • M.A., Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, 1988
  • B.S., Biology, Niagara University, 1981


  • Philosophy of law
  • Philosophy of language
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of sport

Paul Gaffney has been a member of the Philosophy Department since 1989, serving as Chair since 2007. Dr. Gaffney has also regularly taught Business Ethics and other courses for the University’s summer program in Rome, Italy, since 1996. He was a Visiting Fellow at the  Institute for Public Philosophy at the University of North Dakota (Spring 2009), and has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Heritage Foundation. He serves as Councilor of the Metaphysical Society of America and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. He is currently writing a book entitled Competition as Ideal: The Structure and Meaning of Antagonistic Relationships.