The Centre of Theology and Philosophy

University of Nottingham


Veritas

‘...the truth will set you free’ (John, 8, vs. 32)

Pontius Pilate said to Christ, “What is truth?” And He remained silent. In much contemporary discourse, Pilate’s question has been taken to mark the absolute boundary of human thought. Beyond this boundary, it is often suggested, is an intellectual hinterland into which we must not venture. This terrain is an agnosticism of thought: because truth cannot be possessed, it must not be spoken. Thus, it is argued that the defenders of “truth” in our day are often traffickers in ideology, merchants of counterfeits, or anti-liberal. They are, because it is somewhat taken for granted that Nietzsche’s word is final: truth is the domain of tyranny.

Is this indeed the case, or might another vision of truth offer itself? The ancient Greeks named the love of wisdom as philia, or friendship. The one who would become wise, they argued, would be a “friend of truth”. For both philosophy and theology might be conceived as schools in the friendship of truth, as a kind of relation. For like friendship, truth is as much discovered as it is made. If truth is then so elusive, if its domain is terra incognita, perhaps this is because it arrives to us—unannounced—as gift, as a person, and not some thing.

The aim of the Veritas book series is to publish incisive and original current scholarly work that inhabits “the between” and “the beyond” of theology and philosophy. These volumes will all share a common aspiration to transcend the institutional divorce in which these two disciplines often find themselves, and to engage questions of pressing concern to both philosophers and theologians in such as way as to reinvigorate both disciplines with a kind of interdisciplinary desire, often so absent in contemporary academe. In a word, these volumes represent collective efforts in the befriending of truth, doing so beyond the simulacra of pretend tolerance, the violent, yet insipid reasoning of liberalism that asks with Pilate, What is truth? – expecting a consensus of non-commitment; one that encourages the commodification of the mind, now sedated by the civil service of career, ministered by the frightened patrons of position.

The series will therefore consist of two ‘wings’: 1) original monographs, and 2) essay collections on a range of topics in theology and philosophy. The latter will principally be the products of the annual conferences of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy (www.theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk)

 
Edited Conference Volumes

Transcendence and Phenomenology

eds. Peter M. Candler Jr. and Conor Cunningham

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Belief and Metaphysics

eds. Peter M. Candler Jr. and Conor Cunningham

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The Grandeur of Reason: Religion, Tradition and Universalism

eds. Peter M. Candler Jr. and Conor Cunningham

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The Pope and Jesus of Nazareth

eds. Adrian Pabst and Angus Paddison

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Monographs

Theology, Psychoanalysis and Trauma

Marcus Pound

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Tayloring Reformed Epistemology

Deane-Peter Baker

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Proposing Theology

John Milbank
(forthcoming)

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Christ, History and Apocalyptic:
The Politics of Christian Mission


Nathan Kerr

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The Recalcitrant
Imago Dei: Human Persons and the Failure of Naturalism


J. P. Moreland

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Phenomenology and
the Holy:
Religious Experience
After Husserl


Espen Dahl

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Protestant Metaphysics After Karl Barth And Martin Heidegger

Timothy Stanley

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The Truth is the Way:
Kierkegaard's
Theologia Viatorum


Christopher Ben Simpson

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Diagonal Advance:
Perfection in Christian Theology


Anthony D. Baker

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The Perfection of Freedom:
Schiller, Schelling, and
Hegel Between the
Ancients and the Moderns


D. C. Schindler

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Covering Up Luther:
How Barth's Christology
Challenged the
Deus Absconditas
that Haunts Modernity


Rustin E. Brian

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Wagner's Parsifal:
An Appreciation in
the Light of His
Theological Journey


Richard H. Bell

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Gift and the
Unity of Being


Antonio López

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Cosmic Purpose

Kagawa Toyohiko

Ed. Thomas John Hastings

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