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Ryan Haecker

Biography:

I have been awarded a Peterhouse Graduate Research Studentship to study for a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Religious Studies under the supervision of Lord Professor Rowan Williams.  My doctoral dissertation, tentatively titled 'Restoring Reason: Origen's Trinitarian Logic', should show, through a deep and creative reading of Origen of Alexandria, how logic is ontological, ontology is theological, and theology is trinitarian.

I have previously studied history, philosophy, and theology at the University of Texas, the University Würzburg, and the University of Nottingham.  I have written a genealogy of the analogy of being and dialectical logic from Plato and Aristotle, through Aquinas and Ockham, to Hegel and Przywara.  I wish to write a future monograph, tentatively titled 'Analogy and Dialectic: A Genealogy of the Trinity', to explore the philosophical, systematic, and historical intersections of analogy and dialectic in trinitarian theology.  My research examines the intersections of ancient Platonism, medieval scholasticism, and modern idealism for modern theology.

I am currently working on an interdisciplinary research project, between historical and systematic theology, focusing on the reception of Stoic logic and Platonic ontology in the early Patristic trinitarian theology of Origen of Alexandria.  I wish to argue that Origen's trinitarian theology contains a trinitarian logic.  I hope to help inaugurate a new field of research in the theology of logic for the development of a future trinitarian ontology.

Area of Interest

  • New Trinitarian Ontologies
  • Trinitarian Theology
  • Philosophy of Logic
  • Patristics
  • Platonism
  • German Idealism
  • Systematic Theology

Professional Presentations

  • European Academy of Religion (EAR), June 2020 - New Trinitarian Ontologies Panel: Traces of the Trinity in Plato's Parmenides (University of Bologna) 
  • Renaissance, Ancient, and Medieval Patterns: Philosophy, Theology, Aesthetics, Religion, June 2020 - Nous, Logos, and Dialectic in Origen of Alexandria (Rome, Italy) (TBC)
  • Conference on Nous in Antiquity, May 2020 - Nous, Logos, and Dialectic in Origen of Alexandria (Stanford University)
  • Hegel's Doppelsatz: Actuality and Rationality, March 2020 - The Oasis of the Real: The Trinity on Trial in Object-Oriented-Ontology (University of Cambridge) (TBC)
  • Inventer les anges de l’Antiquité à Byzance: conception, représentation, perception, March 2020 - On the First Principles of Origen's Angelology (Sorbonne Université, Paris)
  • New Trinitarian Ontologies Symposium, Faculty of Divinity, March 2020 - Introduction to New Trinitarian Ontologies (University of Cambridge)
  • Beierwaltes Seminar VI, The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism, February 2019 - The Seed of Subjectivity: Meillasoux, Hypercorrelations, and Arrested Returns to Plato (University of Cambridge)
  • Public Lecture, Faculty of Education, February 2020 - Learning is Remembering: Meno's Paradox as a Problem for Religious Education (University of Cambridge)
  • Al-Rāzī’s Philosophy of Mind, History of Arabic Philosophy Group of Cambridge (HoAPGoC) Workshop, November 2019 - Avicenna and Artificial Intelligence: From Medieval Logic to Modern Cybernetics (University of Cambridge)
  • Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology XII, October 2019 - Two Swords, One Person: A Post-Liberal Political Theology (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2019, September 2019 - God and the Machine: Religious Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence (University of Cambridge) 
  • New Trinitarian Ontologies Conference, September 2019 - Introduction to New Trinitarian Ontologies (University of Cambridge)
  • International Conference on Patristic Studies XVIII, August 2019 - Triadic Circles: On The Trinity as the Systematic Structure of Origen's On First Principles (University of Oxford)
  • Theology, Creativity, and the Arts, July 2019 - The Icon in the Agora: Baudrillard, Dionysius, and the Salvation of the Simulacrum (University of Cambridge)
  • Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts II: Legacies and Revivals, July 2018 - The Monster in the Monstrance: Sacrifice, the Eucharist, and Mary in the Alien Film Series (Durham University)
  • Beierwaltes Seminar V, The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism, July 2019 - One and Event: Set Theory in Plato, Cantor, and Badiou (University of Cambridge)
  • Tyndale Fellowship Conference, June 2019 - God in the Machine: Theological Mechanics and Artificial Intelligence (University of Cambridge)
  • Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS), Early Career Conference, June 2019 - Star of the Sea: Luce Irigaray's Magnificat for Marian Feminism (Durham University)
  • Examining Hegel’s Idea of Self-Determination, June 2019 - Hegel's Speculative Syllogism: A Contribution to the Theology of Logic (University of Warwick)
  • Hegel in France: The French Reception of Hegel 1933 to 1952, May 2019 - The Slaughter-Bench of Logic: Georges Bataille's General Economy of Hegel's Dialectic (University of Cambridge)
  • Mind & World for Humans & Machines, Cambridge Muslim College, May 2019 - Avicenna and Artificial Intelligence: From Medieval Logic to Modern Cybernetics (University of Cambridge)
  • German History Research Group, May 2019 - Shadows of the Postmodern in Schelling's Critique of Hegel (University of Cambridge)
  • European Academy of Religion (EAR), March 2019 - The Logic of the Logos: A New Theology of Logic (University of Bologna)
  • European Academy of Religion (EAR), March 2019 - Sacramental Engines: Theological Mechanics in Digital Computers (University of Bologna) 
  • European Academy of Religion (EAR), March 2019 - The Light of the Leaf: Theological Botany in Timothy Morton's Object-Oriented Ecology (University of Bologna) 
  • European Academy of Religion (EAR), March 2019 - Ancient Antecedents of the Theological Turn in French Phenomenology (University of Bologna) 
  • German Graduate Research Seminar, February 2019 - The Urpflanze of Life: Goethe's Metamorphosis of Plants (University of Cambridge) 
  • Colloquium Adamantianum, January 2019 - Ramelli on the Birth of the Trinitarian Meaning of Hypostasis II: A Philosophical Reflection (University of Cambridge)
  • Monarchy and Modernity Since 1500, January 2019 - Monarchism After Modernity: Bataille's Political Theology of the Gift (University of Cambridge)
  • Sisters in Arms, Reinventing the Bond Between Philosophy and Theology after the 'Empirical Turn', January 2019 - Who Can We Crown 'Queen of the Sciences'? Reconsidering Quine's 'Naturalized Epistemology' (University of Cambridge)
  • World Metaphysics Conference, October 2018 - The Logic of the Logos: A New Theology of Logic (Pontifical University of Salamanca)
  • Beierwaltes Seminar IV, The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism, October 2018 - Origen Against Logocentrism: Derrida, Dialectic, and Difference (University of Cambridge)
  • Cambridge Festival of Ideas, October 2018 - 'What Have the Angels Ever Done For Us?' A Public Forum (University of Cambridge)
  • Presences: Modalities, Stimmung, Intensity, September 2018 - What do Angels Sing? Recent Reflections on the Harmonia Mundi (University of Cambridge)
  • Tolkien Society, Oxonmoot 2018, September 2018 - On the Providential Historicism of Middle-earth (University of Oxford)
  • Institute For Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS), The Newness of the Old, August 2018 - Origen's Trinitarian Traditionalism: Ressourcement in Response to Lyotard (University of Cambridge)
  • Beierwaltes Seminar III, The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism, July 2018 - Origen Against Ontotheology: Heidegger, Marion, and Exodus 3:14 (University of Cambridge)
  • Colloquium Adamantium, June 2018 - Dialectic in Origen's Christology: An Examination of Jacobsen's Teacher of Salvation (University of Cambridge)
  • Examining Hegel's Idea of Essence, May 2018 - Opposing Otherness: A Hegelian Counter-Critique of Desmond’s Metaxological Critique of Dialectic (University of Warwick)
  • Origen and the Origenian Tradition on Progress, May 2018 - On the First Principles of Origen's Logic (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • Theological Tropes in Contemporary Culture, May 2018 - Comics, Capitalism, and Christ (University of Oxford)
  • Noesis Seminar, April 2018 - Analogy and Dialectic in Plato (University of Cambridge)
  • Society for the Study of Theology (SST), April 2018 – The Monster in the Monstrance: The Paradox of Speculative Materialism in the Alien Film Series (University of Nottingham)
  • Silence(s) Study Day, November 2017 – The One that is Not: The Logic of Silence in Plato’s Parmenides (University of Cambridge)
  • Centre for the Study of Platonism, November 2017 – On Origen's Speculative Angelology (University of Cambridge)
  • Centre for Catholic Studies, April 2016 – A Short Theological History of Infinity (University of Durham)
  • Postgraduate Presentation, February 2016 – Is Thomism Radical Enough? A Reply to Alan Darley (University of Nottingham)

Subject area and speciality

Philosophy of Religion specialists:

PhD Dissertation - 'Restoring Reason: Origen's Trinitarian Logic'
(philosophy of logic in light of Origen of Alexandria's trinitarian theology)

Research Interests

Trinitarian Theology, Philosophical Theology, Systematic Theology, Pythagoreanism, Platonism, Aristotelianism, Stoicism, Gnosticism, Patristics, Origen, Plotinus, Evagrius, Proclus, Augustine, Dionysius, Eriugena, Medieval Scholasticism, Avicenna, Aquinas, Scotus, Ockham, Cusa, German Idealism, Kant, Fichte, Schleiermacher, Schelling, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Frege, Heidegger, Quine, Bataille, Derrida, Irigaray, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Milbank, Badiou, Meillasoux, History and Philosophy of Western Europe and East Asia, Philosophy of History, Political Theology and Philosophy, Philosophy and History of Logic, Philosophy and Foundations of Mathematics, Metaphysics and Ontology, Virtue Ethics, Pragmatism, Aesthetics, Musicology, Ecology, Botany, Mechanics, Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Semiotics, Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Mariology, Angelology, Analogy, Participation, Paradox, Contradiction, Dialetheism, and Dialectic.

Teaching

Other Professional Activities

I am a member of the European Academy of Religion (EAR).  I am a reviewer for Reviews of Religion and Theology (RRT).  I am currently preparing a public forum, in partnership with the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence 'God and the Machine: Religious Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence' for the 2019 Cambridge Festival of Ideas.  I have previously collaborated with Prof. Robin Kirkpatrick to plan the public forum on speculative angelology, What have the Angels Ever Done for Us?, for the 2018 Cambridge Festival of Ideas.  I am the President of the New Trinitarian Ontologies Society and the principal convenor of the New Trinitarian Ontologies conference. I am a committee member of the interdisciplinary philosophy society Philiminality Cambridge.  I am the Speakers Officer for the Apotheosis Cambridge philosophy society.  I am a founding member of the Cambridge Young Hegelians.  I co-host reading groups on Nicolas of Cusa and G.W.F. Hegel at Peterhouse Cambridge.  I regularly contribute to the Whichcote Society, Quaero Cambridge theological apologetics, the Fisher House Apologia series, and the Aesthetics and Politics Reading Group on Critical Theory, as well as to OrigenPlotinus, Eriugena, Damscius, and Schelling and Hegel reading groups, which are hosted by Prof. Douglas Hedley and the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism.  And I have also previously hosted the Dionysius of Areopagite Reading Group for the study of the theological semiotics, politics, and angelology.

Videos

Conferences

Interviews

Blogs

Honours and Awards

  • Peterhouse Cambridge Research Studentship, 2017-2020
  • Cambridge School of Arts and Humanities, Minor Conference Grant 2019
  • Cambridge Faculty of Divinity Trust Fund, Minor Conference Grant 2019
  • Societies Syndicate, University of Cambridge, Minor Conference Grant 2019
  • Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, Major Conference Grant 2019
  • St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, Minor Conference Grant 2019
  • Queen's College, University of Cambridge, Minor Conference Grant 2019
  • Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, Minor Conference Grant 2019
  • St. John's College, University of Cambridge, Minor Conference Grant 2019
  • Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, Minor Conference Grant 2019
  • University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies (DAAD), Minor Conference Grant 2019
  • Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism, Minor Conference Grant 2019 
  • Mind Association, Minor Conference Grant 2019
  • Cambridge Faculty of Divinity Trust Fund, Major Conference Grant 2019
  • Relational Ontology Research, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Major Conference Grant 2019
  • Study Centre St. Nicholas for the Eastern Churches, University of Fribourg, Major Conference Grant 2019
  • Peterhouse Cambridge Greta Burkill Fund for Graduates 2017-2020
  • University of Nottingham, Nominated for Sir Francis Hill Scholarship, 2016
  • University of Texas Deans List, 2008-2009
  • Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society 2009
  • Texas State University Dean's List, 2006-2007
  • Texas State University Mitte Honors Program, 2007

Other Presentations

  • Young Austin Professional Philosophy Association, December 2019 - Robert Brandom and His Critics: Idealist Interventions in American Pragmatism (Austin, Texas)
  • Apothesosis Cambridge Philosophy Society, November 2019 - Neo-Pragmatism Has No Hands: To Think is to Act for a Philosophy of the Future (University of Cambridge)  
  • Philiminality Cambridge, November 2019 - Schelling's Philosophy of Mythology: Productive Traces of the Eternal Past (University of Cambridge)
  • Peterhouse Graduate Symposium, November 2019 - Star of the Sea: Luce Irigaray's Magnificat for Marian Feminism (University of Cambridge)
  • Fisher House Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy, October 2019 - A Seed of Subjectivity: Philosophy of Personhood (University of Cambridge)
  • Magdalene College Philosophy Society, June 2019 - The (Re)Birth of Tragedy: Friedrich Nietzsche and Rowan Williams on the Tragic Imagination (University of Cambridge)
  • Peterhouse May Week Cabaret, June 2019 - Angelic Voices (University of Cambridge)
  • Philiminality Cambridge, May 2019 - Essence Before Existence: A Critique of Hegel's Critics (University of Cambridge)
  • Jewish Rabbinic Training Academy, April 2019 - Jewish Monotheism and Christian Trinitarian Theology in Conversation (London, England)
  • Theology in the Anthropocene, March 2019 - Donna Haraway on Cyborg Capitalism and Our Environmental Future (University of Cambridge)
  • Philiminality Cambridge, January 2019 - From Transcendentals to Transcendentalism: A Theological Intervention (University of Cambridge)
  • Peterhouse Graduate Symposium, November 2018 - The Light of the Leaf: A New Theology of the Plant (University of Cambridge)
  • Plotinus Reading Group, October 2018 - On the Order of Providence in Plotinus' Enneads III.2.8. (University of Cambridge)
  • Medieval Philosophy Reading Group, October 2018 - Duns Scotus on Divine Knowledge of Future Contingents in the Lectures on Peter the Lombard's Sentences (University of Cambridge)
  • Young Austin Professional Philosophy Association, June 2018 – Derrida-Searle Debate on Deconstruction and Ordinary Language  (Austin, Texas)
  • Tolkien Society Seminar 2018, June 2018 - On the Providential Historicism of Middle-earth (Leeds, England)
  • Peterhouse Graduate Symposium, February 2018 – Origen’s Angel of History (University of Cambridge)
  • Hegel Reading Group, February 2018 – Introduction to the Concept in Hegel's The Science of Logic (University of Cambridge)
  • Eriugena Reading Group, January 2018 – The Five Modes of Negation in the Periphyseon (University of Cambridge)
  • Young Austin Professional Philosophy Association, January 2018 – The Political Theology of Climate Change (Austin, Texas)
  • Hegel Reading Group, November 2017 – Dialectic in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (University of Cambridge)
  • Peterhouse Graduate Symposium, November 2017 – Origen’s Trinitarian Logic (University of Cambridge)
  • Jefferson Book Club, Summer 2017 – Summer Reading Group on Ancient Political Philosophy (University of Texas)
  • Undergraduate Philosophy Association, April 2015 – Plato, Logic, and Ontology (University of Texas)
  • Theravada Buddhism and Catholic Christianity, March 2015 – Public Discussion (University of Texas)
  • Guest Lecture, February 2014 - The Roots of Chinese Medicine (Texas Health and Science University)
  • Lecture Series, July to August 2013  - Oriental History in Three Acts (Texas Health and Science University)
  • Third Annual Philosophy Conference, March 2013 - The Historicism and Providence of Middle-Earth (Houston Baptist University)
  • Anscombe Society, March 2012 - Philosophy of Nature and Natural Law (University of Texas)
  • Jefferson Book Club, April 2012 - Edward Gibbons and the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (University of Texas)
  • Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society, May 2009 - Schumpeter Imperialism (University of Texas)
  • Undergraduate History Society, February 2009 - The Philosophy of History of Hegel (University of Texas)
  • Undergraduate Philosophy Association, September 2008 - Just War Theory (University of Texas)

Key Publications

Monographs

  • Restoring Reason: Origen's Trinitarian Logic [PhD Dissertation] (In Progress)
  • Analogy and Dialectic: A Genealogy of the Trinity [MRes Dissertation] (In Progress)

Edited Volumes

  • New Trinitarian Ontologies [Cambridge University Press] (In Progress)

Book Chapters

  • Nous, Logos, and Dialectic in Origen of Alexandria [Human and Divine Nous from Ancient to Byzantine and Renaissance Philosophy and Religion: Key Themes, Intersections, and Developments, Ilaria Ramelli ed., Brill, 2020] (In Progress) 

Journal Articles

  • Theses on Analogy, Ryan Haecker & Simone Kotva [Modern Theology, 2020] (In Progress)
  • The Light of the Leaf: Theological Botany in Timothy Morton's Dark Ecology [Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology Brill, 2020] (Under Review)
  • Plato Against Phenomenology: Ancient Antecedents of the Theological Turn [Studio Phaenomenologica, Phenomenology and the History of Platonism, vol. 20, 2020] (Under Review)
  • What do Angels Sing? Recent Reflections on the Pythagorean Harmonia Mundi [Noesis Review, Issue 6, Easter Term 2019]
  • The One that is Not: The Logic of Silence in Plato’s Parmenides [Noesis Review, Issue 5, Easter Term 2018]
  • Is Thomism Radical Enough? A Reply to Alan Darley [Theofilos vol. 8 no. 1, 2016: 16-28.]

Other Publications

Conference Proceedings

  • On The First Principles of Origen's Angelology [Travaux et Mémoires of the Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, Summer 2021] (In Progress)
  • Triadic Circles: On The Trinity as the Systematic Structure of Origen's On First Principles [Proceedings of the International Conference on Patristic Studies XVIII, Studia Patristica (Peeters: Leuven) 2020] (In Progress)
  • Who Can We Crown 'Queen of the Sciences'? Reconsidering Quine's 'Naturalized Epistemology [The International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, Taylor & Francis] (Under Review)
  • On the First Principles of Origen's Logic [Conference Proceedings of Origen and the Origenian Tradition on Progress, Early Christianity in the Context of Antiquity (ECCA), Peter Lang Publishing, 2019] (Forthcoming)
  • The Logic of the Logos: A New Theology of Logic [Seventh World Conference on Metaphysics, Conference Proceedings 2018] (Forthcoming)
  • On the Providential Historicism of Middle-earth [Tolkien Society Seminar, Conference Proceedings, Luna Press Publishing, 2018]
  • A Plastic Possibility for Ralph Cudworth’s Libertarianism: A Reply to Christian Hengstermann [Adamantiana Conference Volume 13, “Origen’s Philosophy of Freedom in 17th-Century England”]

Book Reviews

  • Review of Stephen Miller, The Book of Angels: Seen and Unseen [Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.27, Issue 2, April 2019] (In Progress)
  • Review of Vern Sheridan Poythress, Logic: A God Centred Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought & Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centred Approach [Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.27, Issue 1, February 2019] (In Progress)
  • Review of Stephen Theron, Hegel's System of Logic & Hegel's Theology or Revelation Thematised [Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.26, Issue 5, December 2019] (Forthcoming)
  • Review of Gregor Moder, Hegel and Spinoza: Substance and Negativity [Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.26, Issue 4, October 2019]
  • Review of Philip John Paul Gonzales, Reimagining the Analogia Entis: The Future of Erich Przywara's Christian Vision [Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.26, Issue 3, July 2019]
  • Review of Robert Somos, Logic and Argumentation in Origen [Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.26, Issue 1, January 2019] 
  • Review of Roger Scruton, On Human Nature [Politics & Poetics: A Journal for Humane Philosophy, Volume III; The Human Difference]
  • Review of Geoffrey Holsclaw, Transcending Subjects: Augustine, Hegel, and Theology [Hegel Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain. Cambridge University Press, 2017]

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