Severin V Kitanov

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: SB-203B 1
Phone: 978-542-6219
Email: severin.kitanov@salemstate.edu

Fall & Winter Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1909 01 FYPH100 First Year Seminar (Philosophy)
1920 01 PHL203 Business Ethics
1922 03 PHL203 Business Ethics
1947 02 PHL240N History of Western Philosophy I: Antiquity & the Middle Ages

Professional Biography

Born in Varna, Bulgaria and educated at the local French Gymnasium “Frédéric Joliot-Curie,” Dr. Kitanov moved to Finland, where he received his MA and Doctorate of Theology from the University of Helsinki. In addition to serving as full-time Philosophy Department faculty at Salem State University, Dr. Kitanov has also taught philosophy classes at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, and Gordon College, Wenham, MA.

Professional Interests

Dr. Kitanov’s specialty is Philosophy of Religion and Theological Ethics with a particular focus on medieval scholastic theology and philosophy. Dr. Kitanov is also passionate about paleography (the study of ancient and medieval handwriting), and the critical editing of Medieval Latin theological and philosophical texts.

Selected Publications

  • Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debate: The Complex Legacy of Saint Augustine and Peter Lombard (Lanham-Boulder-New York-Toronto-Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books, 2014).
  • “Is it better for the king of England to be a king of England than a duke of Aquitaine? Richard FitzRalph and Adam Wodeham on whether beatific enjoyment is an act of the intellect or an act of the will,” in Richard FitzRalph: His life, times and thought, eds Michael W. Dunne and Simon Nolan O. Carm. (Dublin/Portland, OR: Four Courts Press, 2013), 56–78.
  • “Happiness in a Mechanistic Universe: Thomas Hobbes on the Nature and Attainability of Happiness,” Hobbes Studies 24:2 (2011): 117–36.
  • “The Problem of the Relationship between Philosophical and Theological Wisdom in the Scholasticism of the 13th and Early 14th-Centuries,” Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis 31:1 (2011): 89–99.
  • “How to Baptize a Monster: The Culture of Debate in the Medieval University,” Sextant: The Journal of Salem State College 18:1 (2010): 2–10.
  • “Peter of Candia on Demonstrating that God is the Sole Object of Beatific Enjoyment,” Franciscan Studies 67 (2010): 427–89.
  • “1200-luvun Aristotelismi” [13th-Century Aristotelianism, in Finnish], Keskiajan filosofia [Medieval Philosophy], toim. Vesa Hirvonen & Risto Saarinen (Helsinki: Gaudeamus, Helsinki University Press, 2008), 48–65.
  • “Displeasure in Heaven, Pleasure in Hell: Four Franciscan Masters on the Relationship between Love and Pleasure, and Hatred and Displeasure,” Traditio 58 (2003): 285–340.