Following the fellowship competition, nine non-residential fellowships have been awarded. Each project fellow will produce a scholarly article on a topic relating to Panentheism and Religious Life.
Rudmer Bijlsma is a scholar of early modern practical philosophy who has published on Spinoza, Hume, Rousseau, and Adam Ferguson. He was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Lausanne and is co-editor of The Animal Inside: Essays at the Intersection of Philosophical Anthropology and Animal Studies (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017).
His project critically engages with Spinoza’s usage of the Biblical metaphor which says that we are ‘in God’s power as the clay is in the power of the potter’: can a full consideration of the religious implications of this metaphor show the path towards a more inclusive Spinozistic panentheism, with firmer cognitive and affective bonds between the blessed, less rational humans, and non-human animals?
Jacob J. Erickson
Jacob J. Erickson is Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics in the School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin. His forthcoming book is Climate Grief and the Theopoetics of Planetary Feeling (Fortress) and he’s a contributor to Entangled Worlds: Religion, Science, and New Materialisms (Fordham). In conversation with current climate ethics, theories of ecological embodiment, and theologians from Sallie McFague to John Scottus Eriugena, Erickson’s project asks if it might be possible to construct a “wild panentheism,” where Divinity is unruly in the body of the earth itself, luring forth new possibilities of creativity in the wake of the devastations of climate change.
Seth Hart is a PhD student in Theology at the University of Durham under the Durham Doctoral Studentship. A recent publication is titled ‘A Convergence of Minds: Teilhard de Chardin and Conway Morris’, Theology and Science (Accepted; publication forthcoming). His project will centre on how Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s scientific and philosophical writings reveal a participatory and spiritually formative methodology that bridges the gap between scientific and religious practice.
Andrew Jampol-Petzinger is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at Fordham University, in the Bronx, NY, where he defended his dissertation, on Gilles Deleuze’s and Søren Kierkegaard’s philosophies of ethics and personal identity, in August of 2018. Since then, he has published articles in Philosophy Today, Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, and contributed to a collected volume on Kierkegaard that appeared through Routledge in 2019. His first book, entitled Deleuze, Kierkegaard, and the Ethics of Selfhood, is currently forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press. More recently, he has begun new research on the reciprocal influence of theology and political philosophy in the work of several Jewish philosophers from the first half of the 20th century.
Michael Jaworzyn recently received his PhD from KU Leuven, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Studies, University of London; he is the author of various articles on the early reception and transformation of Descartes’ work in the Dutch Republic. His contribution to the Panentheism and Religious Life project addresses Arnold Geulincx’s (1624—1669) views on logical containment, causation, and the containment of finite minds in the divine mind.
King-Ho Leung is Research Fellow in Philosophical Theology at the University of St Andrews. His works have been published in journals including Philosophy, Continental Philosophy Review and Political Theology. Dr Leung’s project considers how the panentheistic characteristics of Henri Bergson’s vitalist metaphysics inform his understanding of the practice of philosophy as a way of life.
John Olson is a Graduate Teaching and Research Scholar at Oxford University’s Oriel College, where he is completing a DPhil in Theology. His research project focuses on a redefinition of Christian religious purity as the alignment of ethical activity with one’s ontological status as being-in-God, set out in conversation with phenomenologists Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
Chandler D. Rogers
Chandler D. Rogers is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Boston College. His work has appeared in journals such as International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Environmental Philosophy. His proposed project will argue that Schelling’s Freedom essay represents a panentheistic middle stage between the pantheistic immanence that characterizes his early work and the position closer to classical theism which takes shape in his late lectures.
Sanja Särman holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Hong Kong, and also works as an artist. Among her recent publications is “Spinoza’s Infinite Shortcut to the Contingent Appearance of Things” (forthcoming in Das Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie). Her project explores connections between Plato’s philosophical method and Spinoza’s treatment of metaphysical perfection in order to gain better understanding for how progress towards an ethical or spiritual ideal is to be conceived within a panentheistic framework.
Gaston Robert Tocornal
Gaston Robert Tocornal obtained his PhD in Philosophy at King’s College London in 2019 and is currently an Assistant Professor at Adolfo Ibáñez University, Chile. Among his recent publications is “Perception and Pluralism: Leibniz’s Theological Derivation of Perception in connection with Platonism, Rationalism and Substance Monism” (Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 2020). His project on panentheism and religious life explores different varieties of panentheism in Leibniz’s early philosophy. He argues that during a brief time span (ca. 1675-1677) Leibniz endorsed inherence-panentheism, but its monistic implications eventually led him to reject it and endorse instead what Tocornal calls “expressive-panentheism”.
G. Anthony Bruno
G. Anthony Bruno is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Royal Holloway University of London. He has edited Schelling’s Philosophy: Freedom, Nature, and Systematicity (Oxford UP), co-edited Skepticism: Historical and Contemporary Inquiries (Routledge), and published articles on Kant, German idealism, and phenomenology. For the project, Bruno asks whether German idealism can avoid both what Jacobi regards as Spinozism’s nihilistic consequence that freedom and faith are incoherent and Jacobi’s pantheist construal of Spinozism, i.e., whether German idealism can offer a non-nihilistic panentheism. He proposes to show that Schelling’s 1809 Freiheitsschrift offers precisely this, if not by name.