Sheehan ThomasProfessor, Department of Religious Studies
Stanford University, California

Thomas Sheehan is Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University and the author of The First Coming, a widely acclaimed and controversial account of Easter. His philosophical specialties are in philosophy of religion, twentieth-century European philosophy, and classical metaphysics. His interests in biblical history exegesis include first-century Christianity and early Jewish and Christian apocalyptic.


  • Edmund Husserl: Psychological and Transcendental Phenomenology, and the Confrontation with Heidegger, ed., Thomas Sheehan and Richard E. Palmer, 1997
  • Karl Rahner: The Philosophical Foundations, 1987
  • The First Coming: How the Kingdom of God Became Christianity, 1986
  • Heidegger, the Man and the Thinker, ed. Thomas Sheehan , 1981

Academic Credentials

  • B.A., St. Patrick's College
  • M.A., Fordham University
  • Ph.D., Fordham University

Academic Appointments

  • Stanford University, 1999–
  • Loyola University of Chicago, 1972 –1999

Award and Honors

  • Ford Foundation Fellow, 1983–1985
  • American Academy in Rome, Resident Scholar, 1983
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 1980
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation, 1979–1980
  • Director, Collegium Phenomenologicum, Perugia, Italy, 1978
  • Mellon Foundation Grant, 1975