Joshua Roe

PhD Fellow im EU-Projekt HHFDWC

Einrichtung: Seminar für Alte Kirchengeschichte
Projekt: "The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization"
Anschrift: Domplatz 23 | Raum 460 | D-48143 Münster
Telefon: +49 (0)251 83-22443
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E-Mail: roe AT uni-muenster DOT de


I completed my MPhil in Theology at the University of Oxford with a particular focus on the interaction between modern theology and philosophy. The thesis examined how Martin Heidegger appropriated the work of Duns Scotus (albeit including some apocryphal texts). It showed that the reception of Scotus informing Heidegger was fundamentally different to what scholarship on Heidegger and Scotus has assumed as characterizing Scotus’ ideas. During this program, I also carried out research on Immanuel Kant and Karl Leonhard Reinhold, as well as a comparison of phenomenological aspects in the works of Jean-Luc Marion and Karl Barth.

In addition to the work in philosophy and theology, I also have a master’s degree in European Studies from KU Leuven. In the thesis for this program, I used the theory of Pierre Bourdieu to analyze how Jacques Delors (EC Commission President 1985-95) was influenced by Personalism (especially Emmanual Mounier).

As a new PhD fellow in the project The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilisation, my research will examine the extent and ways in which Kant’s philosophy has been influenced by Origenistic ideas. It will focus on philosophers, who both influenced Kant and drew directly on Origen’s work. These include: philosophers of history from the Wolffian and Leibnizian schools, such as Johann Jakob Brucker, Anton Friedrich Büschung and Johann Augustus Eberhard; as well as other figures from contrasting historiological traditions, such as Pierre Bayle and Jakob Böhme. The starting point for Kant’s ’religious philosophy’ will be ’Religion within the Bounds of Mere Reason’, yet this text is embedded in the ideas of the earlier critical works hence the wider context of Kant’s writings will also need to be addressed.

The project is based at the University of Münster, and the primary supervisor will be Prof. Dr. Dr. Alfons Fürst.