Matt Dinan is Associate Professor in the Great Books Program at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He does research on Ancient Greek, Christian, and 19th and 20th Century Political Philosophy. Before coming to St. Thomas he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, USA.
Dr. Dinan's teaching and research focusses on how "postmodern" thinkers have recovered elements of pre-modern thought to address contemporary issues, and how classical and Christian thinkers can, in turn, respond to "postmodern" problems. He is especially interested in Plato, Aristotle, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Derrida, and his scholarly work has appeared in The Review of Politics, European Journal of Political Theory, International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, The American Review of Canadian Studies, Perspectives on Political Science, and Idealistic Studies.
His current book project, Kierkegaard's Socratic Political Philosophy, argues that Søren Kierkegaard's contribution to political philosophy should be understood as "doubly" Socratic: it attempts to recover Plato's Socrates as a model for the good human life, and its use of pseudonymous "authors" to do so represents a Socratic intervention into human affairs. The project is generously supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.
He is the co-editor of Politics, Literature, and Film in Conversation: Essays in Honor of Mary P. Nichols.
In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Dinan is a regular contributor to The Hedgehog Review and has written for magazines like Commonweal and Athwart. His work has been anthologized in The Norton Reader.
He and his wife Vivien live in Fredericton with their four daughters.