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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 titled 'Restoring Reason: Origen's Theology of 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 has important implications for theological interpretations of logic, which we can call a 'theology of 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

  • 3rd World Congress of Logic and Religion, November 2021 - Hegel's Speculative Syllogism: A Contribution to the Theology of Logic (Banaras Hindu University)
  • Digital Theologies Conference, October 2021 - The Fault of the Digital: A Critique of Bernard Stiegler's Digital Technics (Trinity College, University of Oxford) (TBC)
  • 7th World Congress on the Square of Opposition, September 2021 - A Case for Contradictions: Relative Identity, Paradox, and Dialetheism in Trinitarian Theology (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • European Academy of Religion (EuARe), August 2021 - Traces of the Trinity in Plato’s Parmenides: Alain Badiou, Theological Mathematics, and Trinitarian Ontology (University of Münster) (TBC)
  • 8th Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music & Philosophy Study Group, July 2021 - What Do Angels Sing? Reflections on Musical Theory in Augustine's De Musica (King's College, London)
  • The Stanford Nous from Plato to the Renaissance Conference, May 2021 - Nous, Logos, and Dialectic in Origen of Alexandria (Stanford University)
  • Prague Academy of Sciences, October 2020 - Nous, Logos, and Dialectic in Origen of Alexandria (Prague, Czech Republic) (TBC)
  • Divine Bodies, April 2021 - The Stars an Altar: Angelic, Ecclesial, and Political Bodies in Origen of Alexandria (University of Glasgow)
  • Cambridge Festival of the Ideas 2021, March 2021 - Contemporary Significance of Artificial Intelligence for Theology (University of Cambridge) 
  • Department of Theology and Religious Studies Graduate Symposium, October 2020 - The Weakness of Caputo: A Postmodern Patristic Apologia (University of Nottingham)
  • The Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Virtual Conference (PMR), October 2020 - Origen Contra Deconstruction: A Postmodern Patristic Apologia (Villanova University)
  • 5th Cambridge AHRC International Conference: Form and Forgetting, September 2020 - All That is Old is New: Forgetting in Plato, Remembering in Augustine (University of Cambridge)
  • Philosophy of Education Postgraduate Conference, Education and the Future, September 2020 - Recollecting the Religious: Augustine on Plato’s Meno’s Paradox in Religious Education (University of Winchester)
  • European Forum Alpbach 2020, August 2020 - God and the Machine: Religious Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence (Zurich, Switzerland) 
  • Inventer les anges de l’Antiquité à Byzance: conception, représentation, perception, July 2020 - Origen's Speculative Angelology (Sorbonne Université, Paris)
  • European Academy of Religion (EuARe), June 2020 - New Trinitarian Ontologies EuARe Online Panel (University of Bologna) 
  • New Trinitarian Ontologies Symposium, Faculty of Divinity, March 2020 - Prolegomenon to New Trinitarian Ontologies: A Third Way Between Hegel and Heidegger with the Eucharist as a Clue (University of Cambridge)
  • Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB), Cambridge Branch Seminar, 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 (EuARe), March 2019 - The Logic of the Logos: A New Theology of Logic (University of Bologna)
  • European Academy of Religion (EuARe), March 2019 - Sacramental Engines: Theological Mechanics in Digital Computers (University of Bologna) 
  • European Academy of Religion (EuARe), March 2019 - The Light of the Leaf: Theological Botany in Timothy Morton's Object-Oriented Ecology (University of Bologna) 
  • European Academy of Religion (EuARe), 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)
  • Religion and Philosophy in Origenism Old and New II Seminar, 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)

Research

Trinitarian Theology, Philosophical Theology, Systematic Theology, Pythagoreanism, Plato, Aristotle, Stoicism, Gnosticism, Patristics, Philo, Clement, Origen, Plotinus, Evagrius, Proclus, Augustine, Dionysius, Eriugena, Medieval Scholasticism, Avicenna, Aquinas, Scotus, Ockham, Cusa, Suárez, Spinoza, Leibniz, German Idealism, Goethe, Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Frege, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Benjamin, Quine, Bataille, Derrida, Irigaray, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Deleuze, Badiou, Meillassoux, and Milbank, 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, Eucharist, Analogy, Participation, Paradox, Contradiction, Dialetheism, and Dialectic.

Publications

Key publications: 

Monographs

  • Restoring Reason: Theology of Logic in Origen of Alexandria [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. (Leiden: Brill) 2020] (In Progress)
  • A Plastic Possibility for Ralph Cudworth’s Libertarianism [Origen’s Philosophy of Freedom in Early Modern Times: Debates about Free Will and Apokatastasis in 17th-Century England and Europe, Alfons Fürst ed., Adamantiana 13 (Münster: Achendorff Verlag) 2019, 75-85] 

Journal Articles

  • Gothic Analogy: A Dialectical Critique of William Desmond’s Metaxology (In Progress)
  • Star of the Sea: Luce Irigaray's Magnificat for Marian Feminism (In Progress)
  • Sacramental Engines: Theological Mechanics in Digital Computers (In Progress)
  • Plato Against Phenomenology: Ancient Antecedents of the Theological Turn in French Phenomenology (In Progress)
  • Origen Contra Deconstruction: A Postmodern Patristic Apologia [Modern Theology, Volume 36, Issue 3, Fall 2020] (Under Review) [Peer-Reviewed]
  • Traces of the Trinity in Plato’s Parmenides: Alain Badiou, Theological Mathematics, and Trinitarian Ontology [Modern Theology, Volume 37, Issue 1, Spring 2021] (Under Review) [Peer-Reviewed]
  • Theses on Analogy, Ryan Haecker & Simone Kotva (In Progress)
  • Listening to an Absent Middle: A Critique of Erich Przywara’s Analogia Entis (In Progress)
  • Origen's Speculative Angelology [D. Lauritzen (ed.), Inventer les anges de l'Antiquité à Byzance. Conceptions, représentations, perceptions, Paris, De Boccard, Travaux et Mémoires (25), Collège de France - CNRS - Centre de recherche d'histoire et civilisation de Byzance, (2021)] (Under Review) [Peer-Reviewed]
  • Recollecting the Religious: Augustine on Plato’s Meno’s Paradox in Religious Education, Ryan Haecker & Daniel Moulin-Stożek [Educational Theory, Spring 2021] (Under Review) [Peer-Reviewed]
  • The Urpflanze of Life: A Mystagogic Reading of Goethe's 'Metamorphosis of Plants' [Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics, Issue 7, Easter Term 2020, 42-50]
  • The Light of the Leaf: Theological Botany in Timothy Morton's Dark Ecology [Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology Brill, 2020] (Under Review)
  • What do Angels Sing? Recent Reflections on the Pythagorean Harmonia Mundi [Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics, Issue 6, Easter Term 2019, 39-45]
  • The One that is Not: The Logic of Silence in Plato’s Parmenides [Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics, Issue 5, Easter Term 2018, 26-34]
  • Is Thomism Radical Enough? A Reply to Alan Darley [Theofilos vol. 8 no. 1, 2016: 16-28] (Peer-Reviewed)
Other publications: 

Conference Proceedings

  • Origen's Speculative Angelology [D. Lauritzen (ed.), Inventer les anges de l'Antiquité à Byzance. Conceptions, représentations, perceptions, Paris, De Boccard, Travaux et Mémoires (25), Collège de France - CNRS - Centre de recherche d'histoire et civilisation de Byzance, (2021)] (Under Review) [Peer-Reviewed]
  • 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] (Forthcoming) [Peer-Reviewed]
  • Who Can We Crown 'Queen of the Sciences'? Reconsidering Quine's 'Naturalized Epistemology [The International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, Taylor & Francis] (Forthcoming)
  • 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]

Book Reviews

  • 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.28, Issue 1, February 2021] (In Progress)
  • Review of Simone Kotva, Effort and Grace: On the Spiritual Exercise of Philosophy [Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.28, Issue 1, December 2021] doi.org/10.1111/rirt.13946.
  • Review of Stephen Miller, The Book of Angels: Seen and Unseen [Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.27, Issue 2, May 2020] doi.org/10.1111/rirt.13851
  • 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] doi.org/10.1111/rirt.13755
  • Review of Gregor Moder, Hegel and Spinoza: Substance and Negativity [Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.26, Issue 4, October 2019] doi.org/10.1111/rirt.13685
  • 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] doi.org/10.1111/rirt.13596
  • Review of Robert Somos, Logic and Argumentation in Origen [Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.26, Issue 1, January 2019] doi.org/10.1111/rirt.13496
  • Review of Roger Scruton, On Human Nature [Politics & Poetics: A Journal for Humane Philosophy, Volume III; The Human Difference] www.politicsandpoetics.co.uk/volume-iii
  • Review of Geoffrey Holsclaw, Transcending Subjects: Augustine, Hegel, and Theology [Hegel Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, Cambridge University Press, 2017] doi:10.1017/hgl.2017.6  

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