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Isidoros Katsos


  • 2014- PhD cand., thesis title: 'The Metaphysics of Light in the Hexaemeral Literature - From Philo of Alexandria to Ambrose of Milan'
  • 2013-2014 MPhil (Cantab) in Theology & Religious Studies, dissertation title: 'Divine Infinity & Negative Theology in Philo of Alexandria - A Study with Particular Reference to Quis rerum divinarum heres sit §§ 227-9' (Distinction; Theological Studies Award)
  • 2010-2013 BA (Hons) in Theology, University of Athens (Distinction; Top of the class)
  • 2010 - Ordained Deacon, Orthodox Church of Greece, Archdiocese of Athens, by His Beatitude the Archbishop Hieronymus II of Athens & All Greece
  • Previously did military service in the Greek Air Force and studied Law in the Universities of Athens (BA Hons), Paris I (D.E.A.), and Berlin (Dr. Jur.); worked as a Lawyer in Athens (Athens Bar), and held work placements in the Greek Ministry of Internal Affairs (1998) & the European Commission (2002) 

Subject area and speciality

Philosophy of Religion specialists:

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

Research Interests

General fields of interest :
  • Philosophy of Religion (historical & contemporary)
  • Theology (historical & contemporary)
  • Ancient Philosophy (hellenistic & late antiquity)
  • Reception of Ancient Philosophy in Christianity (esp. the Timaeus tradition)
Thematic interests:
  • Ancient theories of light 
  • Natural philosophy & theology (esp. the Hexaemeron tradition)
  • Biblical exegesis (literal/allegorical)
  • Religious Language (apophatic/cataphatic; analogy/metaphor)
  • Philo, Origen & 4th century reception of the Alexandrian tradition (Basil & Nyssen)
  • Natural Law, Christian Theology & Human Rights
  • Contemporary Orthodox Theology (versions of personalism; ecology)

Research Supervision

  • My research is supervised by Dr. Rowan Williams


Theology & Religious Studies Tripos

  • B10 - God, Freedom & the Soul
  • C11 - Truth, God and Metaphysics

Other Professional Activities

  • Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism (Fellow)
  • The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization (Affiliated Researcher)


Key Publications

  • ‘Chasing the Light: What happened to the Ancient Theories?’ (ISIS, forthcoming, March/June 2019)
  • 'Why Study Philo Today? A Hundred Years of Philonic Scholarship in Retrospect and Prospect,’ Reviews in Religion & Theology, 24:1 (2016), 1-10
  • 'The Problem of Evil in the Light of Christ: A Further Response to N.N. Trakakis,' posted in ABC Religion and Ethics, 21 July 2016, articles/2016/07/21/4504498.htm
  • 'Wounded by Love: Sketch of an Orthodox Response to N.N. Trakakis,' posted in ABC Religion and Ethics, 9 June 2016, 2016/06/09/4479015.htm
  • 'An Orthodox Perspective on Distributive Justice,' Proceedings of the IVème Colloque International (9-11 June 2015), Université Toulouse 1, Montauban (in print)
  • I am currently working on forthcoming publications in early Christian theology and cosmology; the reception of the homeric tradition in Alexandrian Judaism (Philo); and contemporary constructions of the person in analytic and continental theology.

Other Publications

  • Previously published extensively in Law, esp. Environmental and Cultural Heritage Law (in Greek, French & German) 
  • Key publication: Charalampos Katsos, Nachhaltiger Schutz des Kulturellen Erbes - Zur ökologischen Dimension des Kulturgüterschutzes (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2011, pp. 586, Hardbound, ISBN 978-3-8329-5567-0)


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