John Locke Lecture 2012
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Prof Pamela Sue Anderson

MA & D Phil (Oxford), Dr h.c. (Lund)

Professor of Modern European Philosophy of Religion, University of Oxford
Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy, Regent’s Park College

Regent’s Park College
Pusey Street
Oxford OX1 2LB

Current Research

Pamela Anderson

Currently University of Oxford:
Member of Philosophy Faculty Panel
Member of Philosophy Faculty
Member of Theology Faculty
Fellow in Philosophy, Regent’s Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford (2001- continuing)
Previously, Reader in Philosophy of Religion, University of Oxford (2006-2014)
Member of Congregation
Member of the Joint Standing Committee for the Boards of the Faculties of Philosophy
Member of the Women's Studies (MSt) Committee

Chair of Examiners for the MSt in Women's Studies


Currently Advanced Career Scholar for:

John Templeton Foundation Funding Advanced Career Scholarship on the ‘Enhancing Life’ Project (2015-2017), University of Chicago See my Blog Post

Career before 2001

Invited Lectures

Outside of the University

Research Activities and Recent publications (since 2012)

Edited Journal, special issues:

Guest Editor, Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics Special issue on ‘Feminist Philosophy of Religion’ 53, 2 (June 2014) Springer publishing

Guest Editor, Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture Special issue on ‘Re-visioning Ricoeur and Kristeva’ 4 (November 2014) De Gruyter publishing


Journal Articles:

‘When Justice and Forgiveness Come Apart: A Feminist Perspective on Restorative Justice and Intimate Violence’, The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion: first published online February 25, 2016 doi:10.1093/ojlr/rww002

‘Speculating about the Next Fifty Years [for philosophy of religion]’, Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, Special Issue: Religious Studies at 50, volume 51, issue 3 (September 2015): 444-450.

*‘Paul Ricoeur in Dialogue with Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Hermeneutic Hospitality’, in Patrik Fridlund (ed.), STK: Svensk Teologisk Kvartalskrift 91, 1-2 (2015): 50-63.

‘Shadows of the Past: Phantoms of the Negative and Traces of the Affective’, Literature and Theology: Journal of Religion, Culture and Theory (December 2014): 371-388.

‘Michèle Le Doeuff in Praise of Collective Work: Subjects in and outside of Philosophy’, Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, 37, 3 (November 2014): 311-313.

‘A Joyful Dialogue with Spinoza and Others: Le Doeuff, Deleuze and the Ethics’, Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, 37, 3 (November 2014): 341-355.

‘Lost Confidence and Human Capability: A hermeneutic phenomenology of the gendered, yet capable subject’, Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 4 (November 2014): 31-52.

‘In the Guise of a Miracle’, Guest Editor’s ‘Introduction’, Sophia (June 2014): 171-182.

‘Kant et le renouveau de la pratique “analytique” dans la philosophie contemporaine,’ Théorèmes: enjeux des approches empirique des religions 1 (2012): 1-12.

‘The Philosophical Significance of Kant’s Religion,’ Faith and Philosophy 29, 2 (April 2012): 151-162.


Chapters in Books:

An Eruption of Mystical Life in Feminist Action: Mysticism and Confidence after Bergson’, in Louise Nelstrop (ed.), The Eruption of Mysticism in French Thought (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2015), pp. 37-58.

‘Confidence in the Power of Memory: Ricoeur’s Dynamic Hermeneutics of Life’, in Ingolf U. Dalferth and Marlene A. Block (eds), Hermeneutics and the Philosophy of Religion. Tubingen, Germany: Mohr Siebeck, 2015), pp. 51-70.

‘Living up to death: Searching for the Heart of Gold’, in David Jasper and Dale Wright (eds), Theological Reflection and the Pursuit of Ideals (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013), pp. 173-182.

‘Love, Sexual Stereotypes and Confidence’, in Jesper Svartvik and Jakob Wiren (eds) Religious Stereotyping and Interreligious Relations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 33-44.

‘Sacrifice as Self-destructive “Love”: Why autonomy should still matter to feminists’, in Julia Meszaros and Johannes Zachhuber (eds) Sacrifice and Modern Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 29-47.

‘Feminist Challenges to Conceptions of God: Exploring Divine Ideals’, in Jeannine Diller (ed.) Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities (Dordrecht-London: Springer, 2013), pp. 1005-1015.,

‘Metaphors of Spatial Location: Understanding Post-Kantian Space,’ in Roxana Baiasu, Graham Bird, and A. W. Moore (eds) Kantian Metaphysics Today: New Essays on Time and Space (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 167–182.

‘Believing in This Life: French Philosophy after Beauvoir’, Steven Shakespeare and Katharine Sarah Moody (eds) Intensities: Philosophy, Religion and the Affirmation of Life (Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2012), pp. 21-38.

‘From Ricoeur to Life: “Living up to Death” with Spinoza, but also with Deleuze’, in Todd Mei and David Lewin (eds) From Ricoeur to Action: The Socio-Political Significance of Ricoeur’s Thinking (London: Continuum, 2012), pp. 151-162.


Chapters in Companions and Handbooks:

‘The Other’, in Nicholas Adams, George Pattison and Graham Ward (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Theology and Modern European Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, January 2013), pp. 83-104.

‘Feminist Perspectives on Natural Theology’, in Russell Manning (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology(Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 354-369.

‘Kant’, in Chad Meister (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought (London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 5-16.

Forthcoming publications


In Dialogue: with Michèle Le Doeuff (London: Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming), including translations of dialogues and papers concerning women in philosophy


Journal articles:

‘Bergson: On Intuition’, Philosophical Topics, Special issue on The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics (forthcoming).


Chapters in books:

‘A Kantian Rhetoric of Sincerity” Politics, Truth and Truthfulness’, in Sorin Baiasu and Sylvie Loriaux (eds), Sincerity in Politics and International Relations (London: Routledge, 2016).

‘Becoming Undone in Defilement and in Death: Ricoeur’s Configurations of Eve and Antigone’, Journal of Religion (forthcoming)

‘Ricoeur in Dialogue with Feminist Philosophy of Religion’ [revised and updated version of 2015 essay*], in Annemie Halsema (ed.), Feminist Explorations of Paul Ricoeur's Philosophy Lexington, Kentucky; Oxford, UK: Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming

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