Elisa Torres Neff, ABD

Elisa Torres Neff, ABD
Elisa Torres Neff, ABD
Visiting Instructor,
Honors College

Meet Elisa Torres Neff, ABD

Is happy to be back “home” at the Abbey and looks forward to learning again from the seasoned experience of Belmont Abbey College. Enjoys bringing students the same joy of learning that she experienced.

Her belief in the urgent possibility to rigorously cultivate the moral, spiritual, and intellectual virtue of young men and women.

“​​Poetry begins with delight and ends in wonder; philosophy begins in wonder and ends in wisdom.” John Senior, ​The Death of Christian Culture

Examples of classes taught by Dr. Elisa Torres Neff:

  • Honors College Courses
  • Ph.D. University of Dallas, Philosophy, Institute of Philosophic Studies, current.
  • M.A. University of Dallas, Philosophy, Institute of Philosophic Studies, 2020.
  • B.A. Belmont Abbey College, Department of English Literature, Department of Theology, May, 2017. Minor in Christianity and Culture, Minor in Political Philosophy, Minor in Medieval Studies.
  • Thesis: Pius Aeneas: Remembrance, Hope and Divine Reliance as Piety’s Necessary Constituents in Virgil’s Aeneid.


  • “The Cartesian American Mind.” Paper presented at the Intercollegiate Symposium on Democracy and Liberalism in America, held at Lee University, TN. 2016.
  • “The Interdisciplinary Nature of Lady Philosophy’s Healing Remedies in Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy.” Paper presented at Medieval Conference held at Longwood University, VA. 2017.
  • “The Ills of Man Writ Large: Humanism in More’s Utopia.” Paper presented at the Faith and Reason Conference, held at Central College, IA. 2017.
  • “Sweetness in Leisure: Acquiring a Taste for the Good.” Lecture given at the Duc in Altum retreat, Belmont, NC. 2018.
  • “The Distinctiveness of the Disciplines in the Quest for Truth: A Socratic Analysis.” Opening lecture given at the Undergraduate Conference of the Liberal Arts, University of Dallas, TX. 2019.
  • “The Varying Forms of Science in Rousseau’s First Discourse.” Paper presented at the Institute of Philosophic Studies Colloquium, University of Dallas, TX. 2020.
  • The Private Uprooted: Machiavelli’s Mandragola and its Moral Implications. Ramify Journal. (Forthcoming)
  • The Ills of Man Writ Large: Hythloday’s Diagnosis and Solution in Thomas More’s Utopia. Lexington Books. (Forthcoming)


Professional Memberships

  • Member of the 10th Cohort of the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program. 2017–current.
  • Graduate Fellow of the American Public Philosophy Institute. 2021–current.
  • Virgilian piety, the dialogues of Plato, the problem of Socrates, learning as recollection, the quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns, atheistic humanism, and the literary masterpieces of Dostoyevsky.

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