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Rebekah Rosenfeld, Workshop Coordinator

Rebekah Rosenfeld is a first-year PhD student in Philosophy of Religions. She studies the role of religious thought in the development of modern European philosophy. She is currently focusing on the history of dialectics and its intersections with Christian and Jewish thought.

William Underwood, Workshop Coordinator

William Underwood is a second-year PhD student in the Philosophy of Religions program at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He studies the relationship between modern European philosophy and American evangelical Christianity, in particular the adoption of philosophical critiques of modernity and secularism within contemporary evangelical networks. Recently, he has focused more closely on the reformulation of philosophical methods and aspirations as a response to a growing sense of political-historical catastrophe in post-war European milieus.

Matt Peterson, Workshop Coordinator Emeritus

Matt Peterson is a fourth-year PhD student in Philosophy of Religions. He studies the development of European philosophy in view of the history of modern Western religious thought, particularly the relationship between Christianity and Judaism. He is especially interested in the philosophical reception of psychoanalysis and the challenges it poses to dominant narratives of secularization and scientific progress. He also has interests in the philosophy of history, political theology, aesthetics, and the relationship between religion and technology.

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Daniel A. Arnold, Faculty Sponsor

Dan Arnold is Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and Associate Faculty in South Asian Languages and Civilizations.  He is a scholar of Indian Buddhist philosophy, which he engages in a constructive and comparative way. Considering Indian Buddhist philosophy as integral to the broader tradition of Indian philosophy, he has particularly focused on topics at issue among Buddhist schools of thought (chiefly, those centering on the works of Nāgārjuna and of Dharmakīrti).  He is the author of Buddhists, Brahmins, and Belief: Epistemology in South Asian Philosophy of Religion (Columbia University Press, 2005), and Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind (Columbia University Press, 2012).  He is presently working on an anthology of Madhyamaka texts in translation, to appear in the series “Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought.”

 

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Ryan Coyne, Faculty Sponsor

Ryan Coyne studies the relationship between modern European philosophy and the history of Christian theology.  His research thus far has focused on the history of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction.  His first book, Heidegger’s Confessions: The Remains of Saint Augustine in Being and Time and Beyond (University of Chicago Press, 2015) examines the shifting roles assigned to religion, and to Augustine of Hippo more specifically, in Martin Heidegger’s early, middle, and later works. Coyne is currently completing a second book tentatively entitled A Spectacle for the Gods: Nietzsche and the Question of Faith. In it, he analyzes Friedrich Nietzsche’s struggle to redefine faith after the death of God, arguing that this struggle sheds new light on recent debates in continental philosophy of religion. A third book-length project, on deconstruction and method in the philosophy of religion, is tentatively entitled The Dreams of Metaphysicians. Coyne’s teaching generally focuses on the themes of subjectivity, temporality, and the nature of religious experience as they appear in ancient, medieval, and modern texts. His longstanding interests include Christian mysticism, the history of Augustinian theology, and Freudian psychoanalysis.

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