Call for Papers: Open Theology Special Issue "Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology". Deadline: 10th May 2019


Edited by:  

  • Nikolaas Deketelaere (Balliol College, University of Oxford) 
  • Dr. Steven DeLay (Wake Forest University)
  • Elizabeth Li (Mansfield College, University of Oxford)

Invited contributors: Dr. Kate Kirkpatrick (author of Sartre and Theology, Sartre on Sin and The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought)     


We invite submissions for a special thematic issue of Open Theology ( on the topic “Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology”. This issue is prepared in connection with the conference “Figuring Existence” held in collaboration with the Centre of Theology and Modern European Thought, University of Oxford.

This special issue aims to explore and reflect on the ways in which the relationship between philosophy and theology is conceived, problematised, and illuminated in existential or existentialist thought. In contributing to this discussion, papers could for example address the relationship between philosophy and theology through existential analysis of philosophically and theologically significant themes, such as freedom, paradox, sin, salvation, grace, reason and more; papers could also address this relationship by discussing the positions of specific existential or existentialist thinkers on this issue (we understand this group of thinkers broadly, so as to include for example Augustine, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Jaspers, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Tillich, Bultmann, Falque and others); or papers could sketch what the very notion of existential analysis might tell us about philosophy and theology today.

This issue thus seeks to address the complex and long-contested question of philosophy and theology’s relationship through an existential lens and thereby shed further light on the possible points of interaction and conflict between philosophy and theology as academic disciplines and modes of reflection. 

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