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Dr Jacob Sherman

Dr Jacob Sherman

University Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion


Office Phone: 01223 763093

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:
  • Intersection of contemporary philosophical theology and the philosophy of religion with historical theology (especially in relation to the critical retrieval of medieval Christian philosophical theology) 
  • Christian spirituality (especially the study of monastic theology, medieval contemplative traditions, and their ongoing legacy)
  • Science and Religion (especially theology and ecology, the concept of the ‘book of nature’, and the doctrine of creation)
  • Medieval theology and philosophy (especially Augustinian traditions, e.g. Anselm, Hugh of St Victor, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Nicholas of Cusa)

Philosophy of Religion specialists:
  • Metaphysics, especially the reappraisal and reinterpretation of premodern participatory metaphysics within contemporary philosophy and theology
  • Medieval philosophical theology (especially Augustinian traditions, e.g. Anselm, Hugh of St Victor, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Nicholas of Cusa)
  • Contemporary philosophical theology and the philosophy of religion 
  • Method and theory in religious studies, philosophy of religion, and theology
  • Science and Religion (especially theology and ecology, the concept of the ‘book of nature’, and the doctrine of creation) 
  • Comparative philosophy of religion
  • Religious epistemology

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics, especially the reappraisal and reinterpretation of premodern participatory metaphysics within contemporary philosophy and theology
  • Medieval philosophical theology (especially Anselm, Aquinas, and Nicholas of Cusa)
  • Philosophies of nature and the Christian doctrine of creation (especially the concept of the 'Book of Nature')
  • History and theology of Christian spirituality (especially the study of monastic theology, medieval contemplative traditions, and their ongoing legacy)

Teaching

  • Metaphysics (C11)
  • M.Phil. in Philosophy of Religion
  • M.Phil. in Theology and Science
  • M.Phil. and doctoral supervision
  • Tripos supervision for Philosophy of Religion and Ethics (A8), Philosophy of Religion: God, Freedom, and the Soul (B11), Metaphysics (C11), Theology and the Natural Sciences II (C12)

Key Publications

Books

  • Partakers of the Divine: Contemplation and the Practice of Philosophy (Fortress Press, 2014).
  • The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies, ed. with Jorge N. Ferrer (SUNY Press, 2008). 
  • [Spanish translation: El giro participativo en la espiritualidad, el misticismo y los estudios religiosos, trans. Agustin Pániker (Barcelona: Editorial Kairos, 2011).]

Articles

  • On the Emerging Field of Contemplative Studies and Its Relationship to the Study of Spirituality.” Spiritus 14:2 (Fall 2014): 208-29.
  • “Metaphysics and the Redemption of Sacrifice: On René Girard and Charles Williams.” Heythrop Journal 51:1 (Jan. 2010): 1-16.
  • “No Werewolves in Theology? Transcendence, Immanence and Becoming-Divine in Gilles Deleuze.” Modern Theology 25:1(Jan. 2009): 1-20.