Vitale wins Sachs scholarship for study at Oxford

Vincent Vitale

Princeton senior Vincent Vitale has been named the recipient of the 2004 Daniel Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship.

The award, one of the highest honors given to Princeton undergraduates, was established in 1970 to provide a senior with the opportunity to study, work or travel abroad after graduation. It will fund Vitale's tuition and living expenses for the next two years as he pursues an M.Phil. in philosophical theology at Oxford University in England.

Vitale, who is from Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., and a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, is an A.B. candidate in philosophy with a particular interest in the philosophy of religion. At Oxford, he expects to continue to focus on two philosophers, St. Thomas Aquinas and Soren Kierkegaard. The Oxford course of study combines the contemporary philosophy of religion with the history of philosophical theology and culminates in a 30,000-word thesis.

Currently, he is completing a senior thesis tentatively titled "Divine Modality and Political Theory." He also has written substantial academic papers on "The Coherence and Significance of [Radical] Omnipotence" and "Kierkegaard's Teleological Suspension as an Ontological Redemption." After finishing graduate school, he hopes to teach at a secular university and eventually to pastor an evangelical church.

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