Assistant Professor Contact Areas of Interest
J. Barton Scott
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St. George St., Room 215
  • Religion and Nature
  • Religious Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Religion


Alexander J.B. Hampton is Assistant Professor at the Department for the Study of Religion. His research focuses upon the areas of religious aesthetics and the philosophy of religion. His work addresses the complex relationship between spirituality and religion, and aesthetics and religion, in both historical and contemporary circumstances. In this context his work examines the ongoing aesthetic re-invention of religion, in which new idioms for transcendence and ineffability are re-invented in moments of institutional change. His past research has focused upon the development of this phenomenon during the Romantic period. His first book, Romanticism and the Re-Invention of Modern Religion, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

Currently, he is engaged in projects that examine spirituality in contemporary nature writing, and the history and development of Christian Platonism. He is the co-editor of A History of Christian Platonism (Cambridge University Press). Overall, his research
addresses disciplinary debates concerning the re-enchantment of nature, the shape of post-secular spirituality, and the challenge of pluralism.

He gained his PhD in the Philosophy of Religion from Cambridge in 2015. He also holds an MPhil from Oxford in Philosophical Theology, an MA in Religious Studies from Stanford, and a BA in Literary Studies and Philosophy from the University of Toronto.

Curriculum Vitae

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Primary Teaching

  • Religion and Nature
  • Religious Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Religion



Co-edited with Mark McIntosh.A History of Christian Platonism Cambridge University Press.
Romanticism and the Re-Invention of Modern Religion: The Reconciliation of
German Idealism and Platonic Realism
Cambridge University Press.


“A Post-Secular Nature and the New Nature Writing.”Christianity and Literature.
“Unanalyzable, Unprovable, and the Centre of all Certainty: Herder’s Concept of Being and Kant’s Pre-Critical Consideration of the Ontological Argument”Herder’s Essay on Being: A Translation and Critical ApproachesEd. John K. Noyes.Camden House.
“The Poetics of Mysticism”Oxford Handbook to Mystical TheologyEds. Edward Howells and Mark McIntosh.Oxford UP.
“An English Source of German Romanticism: Herder’s Cudworth Inspired Revision of Spinoza from ‘Plastik’ to ‘Kraft’.”The Heythrop Journal58 (3): 417-431.
“The Aesthetic Foundations of Romantic Mythology.”Journal for the History of Modern Theology/Zeitschrift für neuere Theologiegeschichte20 (2): 175-91.