Existential Conceptions of the Relationship Between Philosophy and Theology

NYC - Columbia University - Low Memorial Library, NY, USA, August 4, 2007 | © Courtesy of Wally Gobetz/Flickr.
NYC - Columbia University - Low Memorial Library, NY, USA, August 4, 2007 | © Courtesy of Wally Gobetz/Flickr.

The journal Open Theology invites submissions for its topical issue entitled “Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology”. This topical 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.


Steven DeLay (Wake Forest University)
Nikolaas Deketelaere
(University of Oxford)
Elizabeth Li
(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). Alternatively, 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.

We invite submissions from the conference presenters and also from the authors who will not attend the conference.


Submissions will be collected by August 20, 2019 via the on-line submission system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/

Choose as article type: “Special Issue Article: Oxford Conference“.

All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

Before submission please read the Instruction for Authors:

Because “Open Theology” is published in Open Access model, as a rule the publishing cost should be covered by Article Processing Charges (APC) paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. However, for the conference presenters who will not be able to obtain the funds, the charge will be waived.

For further information please email Nikolaas Deketelaere (nikolaas.deketelaere@theology.ox.ac.uk) or Elizabeth Li (elizabeth.li@theology.ox.ac.uk). In case of technical or financial questions, please contact the journal’s Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk (katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com).

Edited by Pablo Markin

Featured Image Credits: NYC – Columbia University – Low Memorial Library, NY, USA, August 4, 2007 | © Courtesy of Wally Gobetz/Flickr.

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