Fiona Ellis

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PhD projects

Philosophy and Theology of Love and Desire; The Limits of Naturalism; The Metaphysics of Naturalism; The Meaning of LIfe; Meaning, Nihilism, and God; Schopenhauer as REligious Thinker; Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.


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Fiona Ellis is Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Centre for Practical Philosophy, Theology, and Religion. She worked at Heythrop College for 12 years, and has been Director of the Centre for Philosophy of Religion since 2010. Before Heythrop she had lectureships at Wadham College, Oxford, and Queen's College, Oxford, and did her graduate work (BPhil and DPhil) at Oxford University under the supervision of Professor David Wiggins and Professor Paul Snowdon.

Her research interests are in philosophy of religion (broadly construed), the relation between philosophy and theology, philosophical idealism, naturalism, the philosophy of love and desire, and the meaning of life. Her latest research project was The Quest for God: Towards a Theology of Desire which she directed with co-directors Clare Carlisle and John Cottingham. It was funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. Most recently she was a member of the REF sub-panel for Theology and Religious Studies. She is currently working on a monograph entitled The End of Desire: Meaning, Nihilism, and God. In 2023 she will be President of the British Society for Philosophy of Religion.


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