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

About

My research and teaching falls under three interrelated areas: First, I examine the history of the philosophy of religion in relation to the platonic-Christian tradition, and its complex and creative role in the development of Christianity. Second, I examine the relationship between religion and aesthetics, with a specific focus on the relationship between poetical forms and the communication and representation of transcendent ideas and spiritual feeling. Finally, related to both areas, I examine the connection between religion and nature, particularly between enchanted and disenchanted representations of nature, and their relationship to environmental degradation.

In a historical context, my work has focused upon modern religious thought in the Christian tradition and the history of Christian Platonism. By examining the relationship between religion, philosophy and aesthetics, I explore the process of the continual creative re-invention that occurs throughout the history of Christianity. In examining this process, my work takes up themes concerning religious poetics, biblical hermeneutics, orthodox and heterodox spirituality, faith and reason, disenchantment and re-enchantment, and the metaphysics of participation.

My book, Romanticism and the Re-Invention of Modern Religion (Cambridge, 2019), considers these themes at the turn into the nineteenth century. Another text which I am co-editing, Christian Platonism: A History, provides a comprehensive overview of Christianity’s long engagement with the Platonic philosophical tradition. My current book project, The Transcendence of Nature, explores the relationship between metaphysics, poetics and our understanding of nature.

I gained my PhD in the Philosophy of Religion from Cambridge in 2015. I also hold 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.

For information on research and publications visit www.ajbhampton.com.

Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching

  • Philosophy of religion
  • Religion and Nature
  • Religion and literature
  • Mysticism and Poetics
  • Romanticism and Religion

Fields of Study

  • Christianity
  • Religion, Culture, Politics
  • Religion, Ethics, and Modern Thought

Education

  • PhD (Cantab.)
  • MPhil (Oxon.)
  • MA (Stanford)
  • Hon. BA (Toronto)

Publications

Books

Romanticism and the Re-Invention of Modern Religion: The Reconciliation of German Idealism and Platonic Realism, Cambridge University Press, 2019. Link.

(ed.) Christian Platonism: A History. Under contract with Cambridge University Press. Link.

(ed.) Cambridge Companion to Religion and the Environment. Under contract with Cambridge University Press. Link.

Articles and Chapters

‘The Poetics of Mysticism’, Edward Howells and Mark McIntosh (eds), The Oxford Handbook to Mystical Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press) forthcoming. Link.

‘Transcendence and Immanence: Deciphering Their Relation through the Transcendentals in Aquinas and Kant’, Toronto Journal of Theology, 34.2 (2018), pp. 187-198. Link.

‘Unanalyzable, Unprovable, and the Centre of all Certainty: Herder’s Concept of Being’, John K. Noyes, ed. Herder’s Essay on Being: A Translation and Critical Approaches (Rochester: Camden House), 2019. Link.

‘A Post-Secular Nature and the New Nature Writing’, Christianity and Literature, 67.3 (2018), pp. 454-471. Link.

‘An English Source of German Romanticism: Herder’s Cudworth Inspired Revision of Spinoza from “Plastik’”to “Kraft’”, The Heythrop Journal, 58.3 (2017), pp. 417-431. DOI: 10.1111/heyj.12272. Link.

‘Herder’s Concept of Being and the Influence of Kant’s Pre-Critical Consideration of the Ontological Argument’, Filozofia, 70.10 (2015), pp. 842-52. Link.

‘Religion and the Problem of Subjectivity in Early German Romanticism’, Journal for the History of Modern Theology/Zeitschrift für neuere Theologiegeschichte, 22.1 (2015), pp. 35-58. DOI: 10.1515/znth-2015-1003. Link.

‘The Aesthetic Foundations of Romantic Mythology’, Journal for the History of Modern Theology/Zeitschrift für neuere Theologiegeschichte, 20.2 (2014), pp. 175-91. DOI: 10.1515/znth-2014-0003. Link.

‘Karl Philipp Moritz the Mythologist: Myth as the Romantic Idiom for the Absolute’, Papers of the Nineteenth Century Theology Group, American Academy of Religion, 39 (2013), pp. 2-20. Link.

‘”Herzen schlagen und doch bleibet die Rede zurück?” Philosophy, Poetry, and Hölderlin’s Development of Language Sufficient to the Absolute’ Philosophy and Literature and the Crisis of Metaphysics?, ed. Sebastian Hüsch (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2011), pp. 20-33. Link.

 

Accomplishments and Awards

Connections Grant, Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, 2019

Recognition of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, 2018-19

Lionel Basney Award, Conference on Christianity and Literature, Most Outstanding Article in Christianity and Literature, 2018

Recognition of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, 2017-18

Connections Grant, Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, 2018

Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada Initiative Grant, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, 2018

Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, 2018

Decani Scholarship, Clare College, University of Cambridge, 2011-2014

Chadwick Prize in Philosophical Theology, University of Cambridge, 2012