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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry


Peerawat Chiaranunt is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford in Medieval & Modern Languages, where with the support of the Clarendon Fund and under Simon A. Gilson’s supervision, he is disserting on Dante Alighieri’s philosophical conception of celestial causality and the related notion of Universal Nature. His broader academic interests include the history of medieval scientific and philosophical thought and its reception in vernacular literature. Prior to Oxford, Peerawat grew up in Thailand, completed his undergraduate degree at St. John’s College (Santa Fe, USA), then went on to further studies at Yale (MAR, Religion and Literature) and Notre Dame (MA, Italian Studies). In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, chess, and birdwatching. 


Key publications: 
  • “Universal Nature in the Convivio: A Philosophical Dossier,” L’Alighieri 63.1 (Forthcoming 2024) 
  • Inferno VII: Virgilian Genesis,” Le Tre Corone 9 (2022), pp. 107-26
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