Professor Contact Areas of Interest
James DiCenso
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, Room 328
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
416-946-3360
  • Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment interpretations of religion
  • Intersections among religion, ethics, and politics
  • Modern and contemporary hermeneutics

About

James DiCenso is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion. His areas of interest include modern philosophy of religion from the 17th through the 20th centuries, hermeneutics, and psychoanalysis. He works on Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment critical interpretations of religion, intersections among religion, ethics, and politics, and the hermeneutical rethinking of classical theories of religion. His primary teaching areas are modern philosophical evaluations of religion, ethics and religion, and critical hermeneutics. He has a BA from Concordia, an MA from Carleton, and a PhD from Syracuse.

Teaching

  • Philosophy of religion
  • Hermeneutics
  • Psychoanalysis and religion

Curriculum Vitae

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Opportunities for student supervision available within the following areas:

  • Modern theories and interpretations of religion (especially Enlightenment thought, Kant, Freud, and hermeneutical theory)
  • Religion and philosophical ethics

Publications

Books

2012
Kant’s Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason: a CommentaryCambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2011
Kant, Religion, and PoliticsCambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2009
“Psychoanalytic and Philosophical Inquiries into Religious Subjectivity.”J. A. Belzen (ed.)Changing the Scientific Study of Religion: Beyond Freud?New York: Springer. 275-294.
2006
“Radical Evil and Fanaticism: A Re-reading of Kant’s Religion.”Clayton Crocket (ed.)Religion and Violence in a Secular World: Toward a New Political Theology.Charlottsville: University of Virginia Press.
1999
The Other Freud: Religion, Culture, and Psychoanalysis.London: Routledge.
1990
Hermeneutics and the Disclosure of TruthCharlottsville: University of Virginia Press.

Articles

2015
“Grace and Favor in Kant’s Ethical Explication of Religion.”International Journal or Philosophy of Religion.78(1): 29-51.
2013
“The concept of Urbild in Kant’s Philosophy of Religion.”Kant-Studien.104(1): 100-132.
2007
“Kant, Freud and the Ethical Critique of Religion.”International Journal for Philosophy of Religion.61(3): 161-179.
2000
“Splitting Religion: Heteronomy, Autonomy, and Reflection.”Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory1(3).