MemberForrest Clingerman

I am in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Ohio Northern University, in Ada, Ohio, USA.  I completed my dissertation in Modern Religious Thought at the University of Iowa in 2005. My teaching and research are both grounded in the study of historical sources as well as contemporary critical voices. My theological, ethical and philosophical work draws deeply from philosophical hermeneutics–particularly Paul Ricoeur–and religious thought, including the work of Paul Tillich.  At the same time, my work resonates with earlier figures from Bonaventure and Anselm to Schleiermacher and Hegel. Currently I am working in two areas of research.  A large portion of my work centers on the issue of place in environmental thought. I have investigated how place (and even more, our emplacement, to echo Ricoeur’s view of emplotment) as a helpful point of orientation for theology, ethics, and philosophy.  To understand place in this way is to approach nature hermeneutically.  A “hermeneutics of place” seeks to understand how we interpret the built and natural surroundings, finding meaning in our location.  This does not simply allow us a framework for understanding natural and built environments, it also suggests a sense of self and community.  Because of the temporal dimensions of place, I have recently worked on the issue of memory, imagination, and place.  A hermeneutics of place has ethical and theological dimensions, especially when we attempt to uncover the depth dimension of our emplacement in the world. As I conceive it, a hermeneutical approach to the environment has implications for public policy and ethics.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in the topic of climate change and religion.  I have become involved in exploring theological responses to climate change.  In particular, I have researched theological responses to climate engineering (otherwise known as geoengineering, or the large scale manipulation of the climate as an attempt to mitigate anthropogenic climate change—and the ongoing crisis of anthropogenic climate change).  The recent surge in interest in climate engineering is related to the question of whether the planet has entered the Anthropocene, which is not simply a scientific but also a hermeneutical concept for understanding the human relationship with the Earth. A second area of research is the interconnection of religion, hermeneutics, and culture. This includes not only the visual arts, literature, and classical music, but also popular culture–television, film, etc.  Works of art and literature provide us with dialogue partners for understanding the richness and depth of human experience.  Not only does this engage environmental aesthetics and ethics, but it allows us to contribute to theological discussions of the meaning of being human.  Theological thinking oftentimes is thinking alongside works of culture, even in the cases that are on the surface identified with the more-than-human world. While these two questions might appear separate, I am intrigued at the points of connection.  In both cases, the question is this: philosophically, what is our relationship with the world in which we live?  In the case of spiritual communities, we can further ask: how has religion exposed the depth of such a relationship?  Such questions are not simply intellectually interesting, but have real significance for the public sphere.  Thus I hope my scholarship and teaching clarifies these issues, and leads to deeper way of living in the world.

MemberDavid Congdon

…ry/T & T Clark.

The Karl Barth – Rudolf Bultmann Debate: Texts and Commentary. Under contract with Cascade Books.

Will Everyone Be Saved? Five Views on Christian Universalism. Under contract with Baker Academic.

“Barth and Hermeneutics.” In The Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth, edited by Paul Dafydd Jones and Paul T. Nimmo. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

“Rudolf Bultmann.” In T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement, edited by Adam J. Johnson. London:…
… of Theological Interpretation. 11, no. 1 (2017): 101–17.

“Is Bultmann a Heideggerian Theologian?” Scottish Journal of Theology 70, no. 1 (2017): 19–38.

“Demystifying the Program of Demythologizing: Bultmann’s Theological Hermeneutics.” Harvard Theological Review 110, no. 1 (2017): 1–23.

“Emancipatory Intercultural Hermeneutics: Interpreting Theo Sundermeier’s Differenzhermeneutik.” Mission Studies 33, no. 2 (2016): 127–146.

“Is There a K…

I am the acquisitions editor at the University Press of Kansas, acquiring titles in political science and law. I completed my PhD in theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. My research is primarily in the fields of modern theology, hermeneutics, and missiology, with a special emphasis on Rudolf Bultmann.

MemberNathan A. Kennedy

…Master of Theological Studies, 2018
With certification in History, Theology, and Ethics
Brite Divinity School; Fort Worth, Texas
Final Project Title: Eros and the Hermeneutics of Sexuality: Constructing a Framework of Interpretation for a Philosophical Hermeneutic of Sex and Sexuality

Bachelor of General Studies, 2011
West Texas A&M University; Canyon, Texas…

At heart, I’m a phenomenologist. This is the lens with which I investigate my primary interests of religion, sexuality, and culture, reflecting my passion for interdisciplinarity amongst the humanities and social sciences. Through this, I come into contact with practical theology, critical theory, queer theory, and psychoanalytic theory, along with other fields of discourse. With a theo-ethical foundation in deconstructive and existential hermeneutics, I work to discover phenomenological methods, theological insights, and practical approaches relating to the lived experiences LGBTQ persons and communities, intersecting theory with practice in clinical and community advocacy contexts, with ultimate outcomes in the forms of strategies in advocacy, policy, and pedagogy.

MemberGuy Burneko

… Atlanta, Georgia.

Dissertation Title: Light Conversation, Exchanges of Life, a study in comparative modes of thought. Examination Areas: Literature, Philosophy of Science, Evolution of Consciousness, Interdisciplinary Essay “Guerilla Hermeneutics.”  Dissertation Abstracts International 42, no.5  (1981): 2192-A.

1971     Master of Arts in English, University of Alaska at Fairbanks

1968      Bachelor of Arts in English, Philosophy Minor, Fordham Univers…

“All That We Are Is The Result Of What We Have Thought” at the XIth Annual Jean Gebser Conference, Shippensburg University, PA, November 13, 1992

“It Happens by Itself: The Tao of Cooperation, Systems Theory and Constitutive Hermeneutics,” World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution 31 (1991). 139-160; and in Cooperation: Beyond the Age of Competition, Allan Combs, Ed., World Futures General Evolution Series vol. 4. Philadelphia: Gordon and Breach (1992)….

Born and raised in central New York State, life/work/school/travel from there to the Bronx to Fairbanks, Bethel and Anchorage, Alaska,  Atlanta, Dalian, China, Asheville, NC, Roanoke, VA, San Francisco, Seattle, Whidbey Island, WA, with sojourns, wanderings and fellowships in several other delightful places….All transdisciplinary, intercultural, hermeneutic and naturalistic in character.

MemberHelga Lenart-Cheng

all genres of life-writing (auto/biography, diary, blog, visual diaries, digital archives of life stories etc.), and the politics of sharing life stories
the intersection of philosophy and literature (particularly: theories of subjectivity, theories of community, phenomenological hermeneutics, and the philosophies of Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Luc Nancy)

Alexander Lenard and East European memoir literature

MemberBryan A. Whitelaw

Bryan A. Whitelaw BMus (Hons) MPhil LRSM  Bryan is a current PhD Researcher in Musicology at Queen’s University Belfast. His interests lie in the theory and analysis of 19th–century repertoire and works with allusions to literary or narrative figures, particularly in the music of Franz Liszt. Society for Musicology in Ireland Bryan is the current Student Representative and a council member of the Society for Musicology in Ireland: Similarly, he is a member of both the Royal Musical Association and the Society for Music Analysis. Master of Philosophy (MPhil) After completing his Bachelor of Music degree in 2015 with first-class honours, Bryan was awarded a School of Arts, English and Languages funding scholarship for his MPhil research project on the Piano Sonata in B minor (1853), by Franz Liszt. The MPhil thesis focuses on the contextual, theoretical, and hermeneutic analysis of the Liszt Sonata, and provides the first Sonata Theory analysis of this work. The thesis additionally explores a hermeneutic reading of the sonata in poetic terms, based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust (1808), and a typological comparison with Liszt’s other Faustian works; the Mephisto Waltzes and A Faust Symphony, for example. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Bryan’s PhD research focuses on the interplay between Franz Liszt’s literary and cultural influences, and their impact in his compositional output during the Weimar period; ca. 1848–1861.  The research is based on the development of a narratographic music theory which attempts to bridge the divide between historically- and culturally-contextual scholarship, on the one hand, and the theoretically-rigorous application of formal theory on the other. The work thus adopts aspects of narratology, hermeneutics, and semiotics, alongside theoretical interests such as Hepokoski and Darcy’s Sonata Theory, William Caplin’s theory of formal functions, and neo-riemannian theory. The thesis explores a conextual history of Liszt’s time as kappelmeister in the Weimar Court Theatre, while situating his reception history within the lineage of Weimar Classicism. After setting up a theoretical methodology, the thesis chapters provide case-study analyses of several symphonic poems, the Faust Symphony, Dante Sonata, and the Piano Sonata in B Minor. A final chapter outlines the broader strategy Liszt employed as a compositional archetype for sonata-form works, before drawing some conclusions for the future analysis of Liszt’s oeuvre.

MemberJames Pangborn

Trained in 20th-centure American Lit with forays into 18th-C Brits, psychological approaches, poetics, and lit theory (decon., hermeneutics, and Frankfurt-school critical studies), I’ve evolved toward ecocriticism with a perspective I’m calling biopragmatism. Concerned to develop a robust poetics for the present century (and the long haul) I work the intersection of several disciplines and ideas: cognitive studies, especially linguistics; ecology, evolution, and other environmental models and disciplines; the canonical American pragmatists (especially Peirce and Dewey) and their present-day interpreters, and contemplative discipline (e.g. Zen). I think this nexus of theory and praxis offers us a better framework for studying art and culture, and a much better rhetorical presence as a discipline among other disciplines, than poststructuralism and/or the cultural studies hegemony presently do. I also write poems.