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Philip Goodchild

Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I studied Mathematics followed by Theology and Religious Studies at Churchill College, Cambridge for my first degree. After two years out, involving working and training in therapeutic communities, I returned to postgraduate studies at Lancaster University, where I focused in my MA dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche and in my PhD on Gilles Deleuze. I then taught Christian theology (and other faiths) at St Martin's College, Lancaster (now University of Cumbria) for six years, before moving to the University of Nottingham in January 2000 to take up a lectureship in religious studies. I have been Professor of Religion and Philosophy since January 2008, and have served turns as Head of Department on and off since 2004. I am also a Fellow of the Rethinking Capitalism Initiative, University of California Santa Cruz.

Expertise Summary

I have expertise in three main areas: Continental philosophy of religion; the theology of money and globalisation; and truth and religious difference.

Areas where I am keen to offer supervision include: religion in recent Continental philosophy; religious responses to economic globalisation; problems of truth and difference in inter-faith relations. I can also offer some supervision in broader areas of: philosophy of religion; religion and politics.

Teaching Summary

I have taught most areas of a Theology and Religious Studies curriculum over the years, combining approaches from philosophy and theories of religion, history of religious thought, and Christian… read more

Research Summary

My current research has two tracks:

(1) Philosophy as a spiritual exercise, exploring the nature of reason as an embodied, engaged and communicative practice, heavily influenced by diverse figures such as Plato, Kierkegaard, Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Gilles Deleuze and Michael McGhee.

(2) Credit and faith, linking economics and theology. The aim here is to explore the dimensions of economic life that consist in credit, trust, and beliefs about justice alongside the dimensions of the life of faith that are enacted in the ways in which people cooperate and interact in their material and social existence. Economics and theology can be understood in and through each other.

Recent Publications

  • GOODCHILD, P., 2013. On philosophy as a spiritual exercise: a symposium Palgrave Macmillan.
  • GOODCHILD P, 2013. The Future of Liberation. In: JOHN D. CAPUTO, CLAYTON CROCKETT and JEFF ROBBINS, eds., The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion Fordham University Press. (In Press.)
  • GOODCHILD, P, 2013. Exposing Mammon: Devotion to money in a market society Dialog: A Journal of Theology. 52(1), 51-61
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2012. What is wrong with the global financial system? Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics. 24(1), 7-28

I am next due for research leave in Autumn 2016.

I have taught most areas of a Theology and Religious Studies curriculum over the years, combining approaches from philosophy and theories of religion, history of religious thought, and Christian theology. Key areas where I continue to teach include:

  • Continental Philosophy of Religion (MA level)
  • Problems of Religious Diversity
  • Great Religious Texts
  • Explaining Religion
  • The Buddhist Tradition
  • Love and Death
  • God and Money

Past Research

The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze was my main focus during the 1990s. While my first monograph concentrated on his metaphysics (Gilles Deleuze and the Question of Philosophy, 1996), the second explored Deleuze and Guattari's political thought (Deleuze and Guattari: An Introduction to the Politics of Desire, 1996). I also edited a special issue of Theory, Culture and Society (1997) to commemorate Deleuze's death, and have published several articles.

Subsequently I moved on to Continental philosophy of religion: I initiated the first international conference in this field in 2000, edited two books exploring this new approach, and contributed my own major monograph, Capitalism and Religion: The Price of Piety (2002). I am also editor of the book series New Slant: Religion, Politics, Ontology with Duke University Press.

More recently, I have turned to religion and political economy: my book, Theology of Money (2007, US edition 2009), broke new ground as the first systematic study of the faith system inherent in credit that underlies global capitalism, giving a fresh account of capitalism itself. I have also explored the role of money in the recent global credit and sovereign debt crises, both of which I had predicted.

  • GOODCHILD, P., 2013. On philosophy as a spiritual exercise: a symposium Palgrave Macmillan.
  • GOODCHILD P, 2013. The Future of Liberation. In: JOHN D. CAPUTO, CLAYTON CROCKETT and JEFF ROBBINS, eds., The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion Fordham University Press. (In Press.)
  • GOODCHILD, P, 2013. Exposing Mammon: Devotion to money in a market society Dialog: A Journal of Theology. 52(1), 51-61
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2012. What is wrong with the global financial system? Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics. 24(1), 7-28
  • GOODCHILD, P, 2012. Thinking and Life: Philosophy as a Spiritual Exercise. In: STEVEN SHAKESPEARE and KATHARINE MOODY, eds., Intensities: Philosophy, Religion and the Affirmation of Life Ashgate. 165-176
  • GOODCHILD, PHILIP, 2012. Engaged Philosophy of Religion Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory. 12(2), 52-68
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2011. Deleuze and philosophy of religion. In: JOY, M., ed., Continental philosophy and philosophy of religion Springer. 139-164
  • GOODCHILD, P, 2011. The Shadow Side of Debt Common Knowledge. 17(2), 375-382 (In Press.)
  • GOODCHILD, P, 2011. A Theological Interpretation of the Financial Crisis Modern Believing. 52(1), 10-20
  • GOODCHILD, PHILIP, 2011. Is the Secular Age as Secular as it Takes Itself to Be? Kritika & Kontext. XVI(43), 84-91
  • GOODCHILD, P, 2010. Philosophy as a Way of Life: Deleuze on Thinking and Money SubStance. 39(1), 24-37
  • GOODCHILD, P, 2010. The Market, God and Ascetic Life. In: ILKKA PYYSIAINEN, ed., Religion, Economy and Cooperation Walter de Gruyter. 219-236 (In Press.)
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2010. Economies of promise: on Caesar and Christ. In: BRADLEY, A. and FLETCHER, P., eds., The politics to come: power, modernity and the messianic Continuum. 141-160
  • GOODCHILD, P. & N. OTHERS, 2010. Hypocrisy. In: SMITH, A.P. and WHISTLER, D., eds., After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion Cambridge Scholars Press. 380-398
  • GOODCHILD, P, 2009. Theology of Money Duke University Press.
  • GOODCHILD, P, 2009. The Political and the Religious Philosophical Meditations. 1(1), 10-18
  • GOODCHILD, P, 2008. The Reasonableness of Philosophy of Religion. In: CHEETHAM, D and KING, R, eds., Contemporary Practice and Method in the Philosophy of Religion: New Essays London: Continuum. 188-203
  • GOODCHILD, P, 2007. Theology of Money London: SCM-Canterbury Press.
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2006. Truth and Utopia Telos. NUMB 134, 64-82
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2005. Capital and Kingdom: An Eschatological Ontology. In: DAVIS, C., MILBANK, J. and ŽIŽEK, S., eds., Theology and the Political: the New Debate Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 127-152
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2005. Proslogion. In: BENSON, B.E. and WIRZBA, N., eds., The Phenomenology of Prayer New York: Fordham University Press.
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2005. On ‘Religion’: Speeches to its Cultural Despisers. In: CROSSLEY, J.G. and KARNER, C., eds., Writing History, Constructing Religion Aldershot: Ashgate. 49-63
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2004. Debt, Epistemology and Ecotheology Ecotheology. 9(2), 151-177
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2004. The Return of the Prophet: A Dialogue' Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory. 5(2), 58-77
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2004. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. In: SIMONS, J., ed., Contemporary Critical Theorists: From Lacan to Said Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press. 168-184
  • GOODCHILD, P., ed., 2003. Difference in philosophy of religion Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2003. Oil and Debt: The Collision between Economy and Ecology Situation Analysis. 2, 5-17
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2002. Capitalism and religion: the price of piety London: Routledge.
  • GOODCHILD, P., ed., 2002. Rethinking philosophy of religion: approaches from continental philosophy New York: Fordham University Press.
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2002. Death and Enlightenment in Twelve Brief Episodes Angelaki. VOL 7(PART 2), 39-50
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2000. Spirit of Philosophy: Derrida and Deleuze Angelaki. VOL 5(PART 2), 43-58
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2000. The Logic of Sacrifice in the Book of Job: Philosophy and the Practice of Religion Cultural Values. VOL 4(PART 2), 167-193
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2000. Job as Apologetic: The Role of the Audience Religion. VOL 30(PART 2), 149-168
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2000. Why is Philosophy so Compromised with God?. In: Deleuze and Religion London: Routledge. 156-166
  • GOODCHILD, P., 2000. Review of Richard King, 'Orientalism and Religion' Religion. 30(3), 300-302
  • GOODCHILD, P., 1999. Money, Gift and Sacrifice: Thirteen Short Episodes in the Pricing of Thought Angelaki. VOL 4(PART 3), 25-40
  • GOODCHILD, P., 1999. Review of Paul Heelas (ed), 'Religion, Modernity and Postmodernity' Religion. 21(3), 290-292
  • GOODCHILD, P., 1998. Review of Pamela Sue Anderson, 'A Feminist Philosophy of Religion' Religion. 20(4), 435-437
  • GOODCHILD, P.S., 1997. Theory, Culture & Society. 14(2), 1-2/39-50
  • GOODCHILD, P., 1997. Time and Evaluation Antithesis. 8(2), 35-54
  • GOODCHILD, P., 1996. Gilles Deleuze and the question of philosophy Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
  • GOODCHILD, P., 1996. A Theological Passion for Deleuze Theology. VOL 99(ISSUE 791), 357-365
  • GOODCHILD, P., 1996. Deleuze and Guattari: An Introduction to the Politics of Desire London: Sage.
  • GOODCHILD, P., 1995. Christian Ethics in the Postmodern Condition Studies in Christian Ethics. VOL 8(NUMBER 1), 20

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