Steven DeLay / Kierkegaard and French Phenomenology

In this standalone interview, Steven DeLay, Oxford PhD and Wipf and Stock author, talks Kierkegaard, phenomenology, philosophy for Protestants, and the relationship between theology and fiction.

Steven DeLay is a philosopher and writer living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. An Old Member of Christ Church, Oxford and a Fellow of Ambrose College, Woolf University, he is the author of Faint Not: Twelve Brief Meditations on the Word of God (2022), In the Spirit: A Phenomenology of Faith (2021), Before God: Exercises in Subjectivity (2020), and Phenomenology in France: A Philosophical and Theological Introduction (2019). His works of fiction include Elijah Newman Died Today: A Novella (2023) and Everything (2022). He is the editor of Life Above the Clouds: Philosophy in the Films of Terrence Malick (2023), and also the editor of the forthcoming Finding Meaning: Philosophy in Crisis based on the online series of essays “Finding Meaning” at Richard Marshall’s 3:16 AM.

Show Notes


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Bergo, Bettina. Anxiety: A Philosophical History.

Chrétien, Jean-Louis. Conscience et roman 1: La conscience au grand jour.

Clemente, Matthew. “As If It Were True: An Interview with Richard Kearney.”

DeLay, Steven. In the Spirit: A Phenomenology of Faith.

———. Phenomenology in France: A Philosophical and Theological Introduction.

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment.

Falque, Emmanuel. Crossing the Rubicon: The Borderlands of Philosophy and Theology.

Fowles, John. The Magus: A Novel.

Graves, Adam J. The Phenomenology of Revelation in Heidegger, Marion, and Ricoeur.

Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time.

Hopp, Walter. Phenomenology: A Contemporary Introduction.

Kierkegaard, Soren. Fear and Trembling.

Lacoste, Jean-Yves. Experience and the Absolute: Disputed Questions on the Humanity of Man.

Marion, Jean-Luc. Being Given: Toward a Phenomenology of Givenness.

———. A Brief Apology for a Catholic Moment.

———. God Without Being: Hors-Texte.

———. The Idol and Distance: Five Studies.

———. Negative Certainties.

———. Reduction and Givenness: Investigations of Husserl, Heidegger, and Phenomenology.

Pascal, Blaise. Pensées.

Plantinga, Alvin. Warranted Christian Belief.

Rudd, Anthony. Painting and Presence: Why Paintings Matter.

Sellars, Wilfrid. Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind.


(01:28) – Decaf coffee, black coffee

(04:14) – Favorite books of 2022

(07:09) – Rice University – Oxford University

(09:43) – A conversion via Kierkegaard

(12:35) – Literature – philosophy – phenomenology – theology

(16:52) – Barth, Bultmann, and Rudolf Otto

(18:46) – Why should Christians read philosophy?

(23:05) – The merits of reading atheists and agnostics

(29:13) – Heidegger, onto-theology, and negative theology

(32:45) – Phenomenology a Catholic science?

(39:38) – Philosophy for Protestants

(41:30) – The GOAT of phenomenology

(44:16) – The hermeneutical critique of phenomenology

(47:41) – Desert island: phenomenology books

(49:38) – Philosophy and fiction

(59:31) – Steven’s forthcoming work


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