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Philosophy of Religion specialists

People specializing in this area

Academic staff

Dr Douglas Hedley
  • Contemporary philosophy of religion
  • History of Platonism-Neoplatonism
  • Early modern philosophy
  • Romanticism and Idealism
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
Dr Jacob Sherman
  • 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
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

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

Blake Allen

A Philosophical Poetics of Beauty

Barnabas Aspray

The early ontology of Paul Ricoeur and its relation to religion.

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)

Rev'd Isidoros Katsos

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

Jon Mackenzie

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

Sebastian Milbank

A citizen eternally, In the new Rome, where Christ is Roman too: Kierkegaardain reading of citizenship in Dante's Commedia

Philip Moller, SJ

Philosophical and Fundamental Theology.

Human Knowledge of God and the Philosophical Theology of Henri de Lubac SJ: A Reassessment.

Daniel Smith

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

Daniel John Soars

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

Daniel J. Tolan

The Contemplation of the Transcendent Heart: Tracing the ἡγεμονικόν from the Stoics to Origen

David Alan Torrance

An Ethics of Kinship