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Brad Boswell

“Cyril against Julian: Traditions in Conflict”

Brad Boswell

Duke University, Byzantine Studies Junior Fellow, Fall

Boswell’s dissertation is about Cyril of Alexandria’s untranslated Against Julian, a lengthy refutation of the anti-Christian treatise Against the Galilaeans by Julian “the Apostate.”  His research explores questions of intellectual conflict between traditions of life and thought, drawing particularly on Alasdair MacIntyre’s suggestions about the “narrative structures” that often underlie such conflicts. At Dumbarton Oaks, along with refining his translation of Against Julian, he will be focusing on the cosmological arguments advanced by Julian and Cyril in light of the larger early Byzantine philosophical context.

Brad Boswell is a doctoral student in the graduate program in religion at Duke University. Before this, he completed a master of theological studies at Boston College and a BA at Union University. While at Duke, Boswell completed minors in New Testament studies and Christian theological studies. He was also a Lilly Graduate Fellow (2014–17), a Religions and Public Life Graduate Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics (2018–19), and a coordinator for the Fostering a Culture of Teaching Grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.