"Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology"

deadline for submissions: 
May 10, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Open Theology (De Gruyter)



For a special issue of Open Theology: “Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology”


Edited by:                   

Nikolaas Deketelaere (BalliolCollege, University of Oxford) 

Dr. Steven DeLay (Wake Forest University)

Elizabeth Li (Mansfield College, University of Oxford)


Invited contributors: Dr. Kate Kirkpatrick (author of Sartre and TheologySartre on Sinand The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought)            



We invite submissions for a special thematic issue of Open Theology (www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth) on the topic “Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology”. This 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.

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); or 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.




  • Submissions will be collected by May 10, 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:



  • BecauseOpen Theologyis 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. For this reason, the authors publishing in the special issue will be asked to check availability of publishing funds at their universities. 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 Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk (katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyteropen.com)