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Dr Gavin Hyman

Dr Gavin Hyman

Senior Lecturer

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 592423
Office hours: MICHAELMAS TERM 2014: Tuesday 12 noon-1pm and Wednesday 12 noon-1pm.

Affiliations

Continental Philosophy and Critical Theory

Continental philosophy and religious thought, especially debates in contemporary theology between 'radical orthodoxy' and 'secular theology'; the dialectical tradition in philosophy and theology (Hegel and post-Hegelian thinkers such as Gillian Rose, Charles Taylor, Rowan Williams and Slavoj Zizek); religion and psychoanalytic thought (especially in the work of Freud and Michel de Certeau); religion and political thought, particularly the origins and development of the Christian Socialist tradition; the philosophical and cultural history of atheism and secularism; contemporary debates on the nature of atheism and secularism.

PhD Supervision Interests

Gavin Hyman welcomes research proposals in the following areas, broadly conceived: Christian studies: theological, philosophical and historical approaches; Philosophy and religious thought; Postmodernism, theology and ethics; Continental philosophy; Religion and Psychoanalytic Thought.

Profile

Degrees

M.A. (Exon.),  Ph.D. (Cantab.)

Personal and Career details

Gavin Hyman was born in 1974 and educated at Rougemont School, the University of Exeter and at Peterhouse, Cambridge.  Since 1999, he has taught at the University of Lancaster and is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion.  He is a specialist in continental philosophy and religious thought, and has published widely in this area. He serves on the departmental Management Committee and, beyond the department, he is the University Public Orator. He has also been a Visiting Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford.

Research Interests

Gavin Hyman's research explores the implications of contemporary continental philosophy and cultural theory for religious thought, and, conversely, explores the ways in which theology both contributes to and calls into question contemporary philosophical and cultural assumptions.His first book, The Predicament of Postmodern Theology (2001) explored the relationship between two antithetical forms of postmodern theology: 'radical orthodoxy' and 'nihilist textualism'. It also raised the scaffolding for a form of religious reflection which avoids both the absolutism of radical orthodoxy on the one hand and the relativism of nihilist textualism on the other.

More recently, he has extended these explorations into the ethical and political arenas, and has recently published a book entitled Traversing the Middle: Ethics, Politics, Religion (2013).  It engages with the work of those who have called for the “return of the metanarrative” or insisted on the necessity of the domain of the “universal” on specifically ethical and political grounds.  They have argued that the psotmodern trajectory has led to a debilitating impasse when faced with the contemporary hegemony of global capitalism.  Through detailed engagements with the work of Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank—as well as discussions of the work of Simon Critchley, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri—the book argues that many contemporary thinkers merely invert the problems intrinsic to postmodernism and therefore do not effectively escape them.  It argues that the ethical and political are best preserved and perpetuated through the negotiating of an ongoing tension between the domains of the universal, the particular and the singular.  To proceed thus would be to traverse the terrain of the middle—ethically, politically and religiously.

He has also developed research interests in the cultural and philosophical history of atheism and secularism. In particular, he is interested in the epistemological shifts that created the conditions for the emergence of atheism and secularism in the early modern period. He is also interested in exposing the hidden philosophical (and often religious) presuppositions underlying contemporary manifestations of atheism. He has contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Atheism, has written A Short History of Atheism (2010) and has co-edited Confronting Secularism in Europe and India (2014).

Publications

BOOKS:

The Predicament of Postmodern Theology: Radical Orthodoxy or Nihilist Textualism? (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001).  198pp.

(ed.), New Directions in Philosophical Theology: Essays in Honour of Don Cupitt (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004).  200pp.

A Short History of Atheism (London: I. B. Tauris, 2010).  212 pp.  Turkish translation, 2011.  208pp.

Traversing the Middle: Ethics, Politics, Religion  (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2013).  209pp.

(co-ed. with Brian Black and Graham M. Smith),  Confronting Secularism in Europe and India: Legitimacy and Disenchantment in Contemporary Times  (London: Bloomsbury, 2014).  208pp.

ARTICLES:

Articles have appeared in Theology, New Blackfriars, The Heythrop Journal, Literature and Theology, Modern Believing, The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Theology Today and Approaching Religion.  Essays have also appeared in a number of edited volumes, such as The Future of Liberal Theology, edited by Mark Chapman, The Cambridge Companion to Atheism, edited by Michael Martin and The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion, edited by Clayton Crockett, B. Keith Putt and Jeffrey W. Robbins.

Office Hours

MICHAELMAS TERM 2014:

Tuesday 12 noon-1pm and Wednesday 12 noon-1pm.

2014

'Between justice and my mother': reflections on and between Levinas and Zizek

Hyman, G. 2014 The future of continental philosophy of religion. Crockett, C., Putt, B. K. & Robbins, J. W. (eds.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, p. 154-166 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Understanding secularism by means of genealogy

Hyman, G. 2014 Confronting secularism in Europe and India: legitimacy and disenchantment in contemporary times. Black, B., Hyman, G. & Smith, G. M. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury, p. 61-75 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Confronting secularism in Europe and India: legitimacy and disenchantment in contemporary times

Black, B. (ed.), Hyman, G. (ed.) & Smith, G. M. (ed.) 2014 London: Bloomsbury. 224 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2013

Traversing the middle: ethics, politics, religion

Hyman, G. 2013 Eugene, OR: Cascade.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2012

Dialectics or Politics? Atheism and the Return to Religion

Hyman, G. 06/2012 In: Approaching Religion. 2, 1, p. 66-74 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Review Essay of William L. Sachs' Homosexuality and the Crisis of Anglicanism

Hyman, G. 2011 In: Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory. 11, 2, p. 240-254 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A review essay of William L. Sachs, 'Homosexuality and the Crisis of Anglicanism'

Hyman, G. 2011 In: Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory. 11, 2, p. 240-254 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

A Short History of Atheism.

Hyman, G. 2010 London: I B Tauris. 240 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2009

Atheism.

Hyman, G. 2009 Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Klauck, H-J. & McGinn, B. E. A. (eds.). Berlin: Verlag Walter de Gruyter

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Postmodern theology and modern liberalism: reconsidering the relationship

Hyman, G. 2009 In: Theology Today. 65, 4, p. 35-49 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Prólogo.

Hyman, G. 2008 Diálogo interreligioso: el problema de su base común. Gómez Rincón, C. M. (ed.). Bogotá: Editorial Universidad del Rosario, p. 8-10 3 p. (Colección Logos.)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Augustine on the 'Nihil': an interrogation

Hyman, G. 2008 In: Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. n/a, 9.1, p. 35-49 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Religion and Psychoanalytic Thought: A Contemporary Re-Evaluation.

Hyman, G. 2008 In: Theology. 111, p. 3-11 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Must a post-metaphysical Political Theology repudiate Transcendence? The Case of Gianni Vattimo: A review essay of Gianni Vattimo, Nihilism, and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics, Law

Hyman, G. 2007 In: Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. 8, 3, p. 124-134 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Atheism in modern history

Hyman, G. 2006 The Cambridge companion to atheism. Martin, M. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 27-46 20 p. (Cambridge companions to philosophy)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2004

Disinterestedness: The Idol of Modernity.

Hyman, G. 2004 New Directions in Philosophical Theology: Essays in Honour of Don Cupitt. Hyman, G. (ed.). Ashgate, 200 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Study of Religion and the Return of Theology.

Hyman, G. L. 1/01/2004 In: Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 72, 1, p. 195-219 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

New directions in philosophical theology: essays in honour of Don Cupitt.

Hyman, G.. 2004 Aldershot: Ashgate. 200 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2002

Radical Orthodoxy, Ethics and Ambivalence.

Hyman, G. L. 1/04/2002 In: Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. 3, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Postmodern theology: the apotheosis or scourge of Liberalism?

Hyman, G. 2002 The future of liberal theology. Chapman, M. D. (ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 191-207 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2001

The Predicament of Postmodern Theology Radical Orthodoxy or Nihilist Textualism?

Hyman, G. L. 2001 Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Graham Ward.

Hyman, G. 2001 The Blackwell companion to postmodern theology. Ward, G. (ed.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 192-193 2 p. (Blackwell companions to religion)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Religious language in everyday speech: a response to Don Cupitt.

Hyman, G. L. 01/2001 In: Modern Believing. 42, 1, p. 24-30 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Postmodernism.

Hyman, G. L. 2001 Concise encyclopedia of language and religion. Sawyer, J. F. A. & Simpson, J. M. Y. (eds.). Amsterdam: Pergamon/Elsevier, p. 308-310 3 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Introduction.

Hyman, G. L. 2001 Blackwell companion to postmodern theology. Ward, G. (ed.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 192-193 2 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2000

F. W. J. Schelling.

Hyman, G. 2000 Metzler Lexikon christlicher Denker: 700 Autorinnen und Autoren von den Anfängen des Christentums bis zur Gegenwart. Lange, U., Vinzent, M. & Volp, U. (eds.). 821 ed. Stuttgart: Verlag J. B. Metzler, p. 605-608 4 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

John Milbank and Nihilism: a metaphysical (mis)reading?

Hyman, G. L. 2000 In: Literature and Theology. 14, 4, p. 430-443 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

D. Z. Phillips: the elusive philosopher.

Hyman, G. 1999 In: Theology. 102, p. 271-278 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1998

Hick and Loughlin on Disputes and Frameworks.

Hyman, G. 1998 In: New Blackfriars. 79, 931, p. 391-405 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Towards a New Religious Dialogue: Buddhism and Postmodern Theology.

Hyman, G. L. 1998 In: The Heythrop Journal. 39, 4, p. 394-412 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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