Dr. Oleg V. Bychkov

Office: Plassmann E8

Office hours:

Tel.: (716) 375-2443

E-mail: obychkov@sbu.edu 

Joined St. Bonaventure Theology Department in the Fall of 1999 and is currently an Associate Professor. Dr. Bychkov received his Diploma in Classics from the University of Moscow (1988), M.A. and  Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (1992, 99), and was a Soros Scholar at the University of Oxford in 1989-1990. His areas of interest and expertise are classical languages, medieval philosophy and theology, and contemporary theological aesthetics.


Courses taught by Dr. Oleg Bychkov:

Clar101. Intellectual Journey

Clar109. Arts and Literature

Theo 205. Myth and Culture

Theo 325. Art and Religion


Select Publications:

Monographs and Editions.

(with Allan Wolter) John Duns Scotus. The Examined Report of the Paris Lecture (Reportatio I-A), vol 1. St. Bonaventure, NY: The Franciscan Institute, 2004. Latin text with a parallel English translation, includes introduction, notes, and a glossary; 1288 pp.

(co-editor) Ioannes Duns Scotus, Quaestiones super librum Elenchorum Aristotelis, ed. R. Green, T. Noone et al., Opera philosophica 2. St. Bonaventure, N.Y.: The Franciscan Institute/Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 2004.

(assistant editor) Ioannes Duns Scotus, Quaestiones in librum Porphyrii Isagoge et Quaestiones super Praedicamenta Aristotelis, ed. G.J. Etzkorn et al., Opera philosophica 1 (St. Bonaventure, N.Y.: The Franciscan Institute, 1999).


Articles and Notes.

"The Anonymous Life of St. Elphege, Lines 1-324 (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, MS 375, ff. 57R-62R). Text and Translation," Cithara 45.2 (2006): 3-22.

"Image and meaning: Canonicity in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition." In Image Makers and Images Breakers. 83-91. edited by J.A. Harris. New York, Ottawa, Toronto: Legas Press, 2003.

"Alexej Losev: A Neoplatonic View of the Dialectic of Absence and Presence in the Nature of Artistic Form." In Neoplatonism and Contemporary Thought, Part Two, Studies in Neoplatonism: Ancient and Modern, vol. 11. edited by R. Baine Harris. 163-79. Albany: SUNY, 2002.

"Decor ex praesentia mali: Aesthetic Explanation of Evil in the Thirteenth-Century Franciscan Thought." Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie médiévales 68, no. 2 (2001): 245-69.

"Play." "The Beautiful." "Aesthetics." In New Philosophical Encyclopedia, 4 vols. Moscow, 2001 (joint essays in Russian); vol. 2, pp. 67-70; vol. 3, pp. 337-42; vol. 4, pp. 457-67.

The Debate Between the Knight and the Cleric. Cithara 40, no. 1 (2000): 3-36 (Latin text, translation, and commentary).

He tou kallous aporroe: a Note on Achilles Tatius 1.9.4-5, 5.13.4.” Classical Quarterly 49, no. 1 (1999): 339-41.

“Russian Religious Aesthetics.” In Encyclopedia of Aesthetics 4, edited by M. Kelly, 195-202. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998 (a joint essay).

The Reflection of Some Traditional Stoic Ideas in the Thirteenth-Century Scholastic Theories of Beauty. Vivarium 34, no. 2 (1996): 141-60.



David Bentley Hart, The Beauty of the Infinite. The Aesthetics of Christian Truth. In Modern Theology 21, no. 4 (2005): 663-6.

Richard Viladesau, Theology and the Arts: Encountering God Through Music, Art and Rhetoric. In Modern Theology 17, no. 4 (2001): 516-8.

Neil Cornwell, ed., Reference Guide to Russian Literature. In Literary Research 31, no. 1 (1999): 35-40.


Monographs / Editions / Translations in Progress

Aesthetic Revelation: Reading Ancient and Medieval Texts after Hans Urs von Balthasar (monograph, cca. 250 pp., in progress)

(with Jim Fodor) Theological Aesthetics after von Balthasar (Ashgate, in progress); a collection of essays on theological aesthetics, including several leading figures in the field, with a preface by the editors

(with Anne Sheppard) Greek and Roman Aesthetics, volume for the series Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming); translations of Latin and Greek texts, with an introduction and notes, cca. 200 pp.

(with Allan Wolter) John Duns Scotus. The Examined Report of the Paris Lecture (Reportatio I-A), vol 2. St. Bonaventure, NY: The Franciscan Institute (forthcoming in 2007). Latin text with a parallel English translation, includes introduction, notes, and a glossary; cca. 1000 pp.

(co-editor) Ioannes Duns Scotus, Reportatio I-A, ed. T. Noone et al., Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America (critical edition, in progress).


Organized conferences


Honors and Awards

University of Toronto Open scholarship, 6 times (University of Toronto, 1991-97)

University of Toronto Bursary, 2 times (University of Toronto, 1996-97)

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Bursary (University of Toronto, 1990-91)

George Soros Foundation scholarship (University of Oxford, New College, 1989-90)


Positions held in the past

Full-time researcher; edition of John Duns Scotus’ Commentary on the De anima, Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University, 1997-98.