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Academia.edu profile (PDFs of publications).

I am a doctoral student in the department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, and my research is in the Philosophy of Religion, Political Theology and Philosophical Theology, particularly in conversation with Anabaptist Mennonite studies and Continental Philosophy.

In 2013 I completed my undergraduate degree in Philosophy and English, Rhetoric & Professional Writing at the University of Waterloo, with a thesis on the Frankfurt School and Critical Theory. My advisor was Winfried Siemerling who teaches in the English department at the University of Waterloo, and the thesis is available as a small booklet called Dialectics Unbound (Punctum Books, 2013).

In 2015 I graduated from the Masters of Theological Studies program at Conrad Grebel University College (jointly granted with the University of Waterloo). My thesis was on contemporary postsecular thought and the seventeenth century Dutch Enlightenment, focusing on the Collegiant and Mennonite groups. My supervisor was social historian Troy Osborne, and a revised extract of the thesis is published in Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses.

Throughout both my undergraduate and masters degrees I have also been working independently on a research project on ontology and identity, drawing on texts from the tradition of Continental Philosophy. I pursued some of this project through my coursework, but most of it on my own time, most recently culminating in an article called “Identity, Ontology, and the Two” in Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender, and Culture in 2017 (a further section called “Being, Dialectics, and Chiasmus” is currently a work in progress).

My proposed doctoral dissertation is on the concept of ontological violence, and engages the works of both Mennonite pacifist theologians and Continental philosophers in an attempt to show how the critique of violence on the epistemological level is a postsecular phenomenon that represents a significant opportunity for both dialogue across the boundary between religious and secular discourses and an opportunity to move beyond that boundary.

My work on the connection between Mennonite theology and philosophy is published in the July 2017 issue of the Mennonite Quarterly Review, and a further extension of this work was presented at the Humanitas conference on Anabaptist Theology and Method. In an upcoming event I will engage with the work of William Cavanaugh from a philosophical-Mennonite perspective.

Myth of Religious Violence

I am also interested in publishing, and I manage the very small Zwickau Press.

 

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