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Philosophy of Religion specialists

People specializing in this area

Academic staff

Professor Sarah Coakley
  • The origins and relations of analytic and continental philosophy of religion
  • 'Analytic theology'
  • The contemporary status of arguments for God's existence
  • The 'hiddenness' of God and 'apophatic' claims about God
  • The epistemology of 'religious experience'
Dr Douglas Hedley
  • Contemporary philosophy of religion
  • History of Platonism-Neoplatonism
  • Early modern philosophy
  • Romanticism and Idealism
Professor Catherine Pickstock
  • The application of linguistics to theories of religious language, analogy and liturgy, with a consideration of the implications of this interaction for linguistics itself
  • A critical consideration of postmodern philosophy in relation to the re-interpretation of premodern theology
  • A reconsideration of the Platonic tradition in interaction with the Biblically based faiths, in particular the question of theurgy and understandings of the soul
Dr Jacob Sherman
  • 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)
  • Method and theory in religious studies, philosophy of religion, and theology
  • The concept of nature in theology, the natural sciences, and the arts
  • Comparative philosophy of religion
  • Religious epistemology
Professor Janet Soskice
  • Religious language and Naming God
  • Science and religion, especially in relation to Creation
  • Form and content in theological writing
  • The symbolics of gender
  • Christian origins and the metaphysics of scripture
Dr Daniel H. Weiss
  • Modern Jewish religious thought and philosophy (esp. Moses Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas)
  • Theories and practices of interreligious dialogue and communication
  • The (contested) relationship between scripture and philosophy, both in the Jewish intellectual tradition and more generally
  • Aspects of ethics, hermeneutics and theopolitics in classical rabbinic literature

Research staff

Dr Philip McCosker
  • varieties of apophaticism
  • christology
  • the doctrine of God
  • theological epistemology
  • intersections of theory and practise in Christian spiritualities

Affiliated lecturers

Dr Philip McCosker
  • varieties of apophaticism
  • christology
  • the doctrine of God
  • theological epistemology
  • intersections of theory and practise in Christian spiritualities
Dr Stephen Plant
  • Theology and ethics
  • Theology and international development

Directors of Studies

Dr Ruth Jackson

The themes of temporality and dependence in Friedrich Schleiermacher's theological and philosophical writings. 

Dr Philip McCosker
  • varieties of apophaticism
  • christology
  • the doctrine of God
  • theological epistemology
  • intersections of theory and practise in Christian spiritualities
Professor Catherine Pickstock
  • The application of linguistics to theories of religious language, analogy and liturgy, with a consideration of the implications of this interaction for linguistics itself
  • A critical consideration of postmodern philosophy in relation to the re-interpretation of premodern theology
  • A reconsideration of the Platonic tradition in interaction with the Biblically based faiths, in particular the question of theurgy and understandings of the soul
Dr Stephen Plant
  • Theology and ethics
  • Theology and international development

Graduate students

Barnabas Aspray

The relationship between faith and reason with special reference to Paul Ricoeur.

Silvianne Aspray (née Bürki)

The Fate of Participatory Ontology in the Reformation

Hugh Burling

Divine Discretion: How to Evaluate Basic Beliefs about God

Victor Emma-Adamah

Experiencing God: A philosophical-theological study of the doctrine of revelation and the subjective experience from the Patristics to the modern era through the eyes of Henri de Lubac (1896-1991)

Nathan Guy

Locke, The Bible and Basic Equality: Contributions to Philosophical and Political Ethics

Rev'd Isidoros Charalampos Katsos, PhD (Law)

The Metaphysics of Light in the 'Hexaemeron' Literature - From Philo of Alexandria to Ambrose of Milan

Evan King

Supersapientia in Berthold von Moosburg's Expositio super Elementationem Theologicam Procli

Related authors
Albertus Magnus, Ulrich von Strasbourg, Dietrich von Freiberg, Thomas of York, Honorius Augustudunensis (Clavis physicae), Johannes Tauler, Meister Eckhart, Dionysius, Liber de causis, Proclus

Nathan Lyons

Thesis title: Signs in the dust: a theory of natural culture and cultural nature, with special reference to Thomas Aquinas, Nicholas of Cusa, John Poinsot (John of St. Thomas), Félix Ravaisson, and contemporary evolutionary theory

Jon Mackenzie

Changing of Subject: the Place of the Lutheran Doctrine of Justification by Faith in the Contemporary Discussion about Human Subjectivity

Philip Moller

Recovering 'Fundamental Theolog': The Significance of the Resources of 'Natural Theology'

Julian Perlmutter

Beyond Belief? An Epistemology of Musical Engagement and Religious Desire

Daniel Smith

A Vulnerable Theology: Self-Perception, Relation and Transformation in Disability Theology and Meister Eckhart

Daniel Soars

Hindu-Christian philosophical theology: 'Non-Duality in Christian Vedanta'

Luke Steven

Imitation, knowledge, and the task of Christology in Maximus the Confessor

David Alan Torrance

An Ethics of Kinship