Christopher David Shaw

Christopher David Shaw


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Thesis title:

Engaging Eckhartian Mysticism in a Secular Context: A Hermeneutical Study in Post-Kantian Thought


Professor Mark Edwards


Shaw’s doctoral research focuses on Post-Kantian interpretations of Meister Eckhart’s mystical theology. He then applies his conclusions in order to constructively treat the modern theological problem of secularity. His overall aim is to create a space for dialogue between Christian theology and the generally secularized culture that, in part, defines the present age.


Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent’s Park College – Post-Graduate Fellowship

Selected Publications:

On Mysticism, Ontology & Modernity: A Theological Engagement with Secularity, Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. (Forthcoming, 2017).

On Exceeding Determination and the Ideal of Reason: Immanuel Kant, William Desmond, and the Noumenological Principle, (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing), 2012.

Other research interests:

Shaw's areas of interest and expertise are in modern German Philosophy of Religion (especially Kant, Schleiermacher, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, and Gadamer), Christian Mysticism, Neo-Platonism, Greek and Latin Patrology, Dominican Scholasticism, Martin Luther and the Reformation, Medieval Beguine and Late Baroque Women's Theology, and Comparative Religions. 

Shaw's principal vocational interests are in teaching and student mentorship. He also has a strong proclivity towards management and he is continually developing his repertoire in administrative work. In respect to publishing and research, Shaw has a natural ability for writing and the dissemination of ideas. His aim is to continue producing books at regular intervals. Shaw's first book appeared in 2012 and he is scheduled to have his second book completed and published by 2016.

Shaw is also interested in pedagogical theories relating to university experience and curriculum adaptations for the 21st century. He is developing a "Formation" program that is based upon Wilhelm von Humboldt's "Bildung" and the spiritual formation practices within the Order of St. Augustine.

Academic-related Activities:

  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Theology, Visiting Researcher: 2014-2015
  • Universität Erfut – Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies,
Visiting Researcher: 2013-2014
  • Regent’s Park College, Oxford – Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture,
Graduate Fellow: 2011-2014
  • St. Olaf College – Howard V. and Edna H. Hong Kierkegaard Library,
Summer Fellow: 2012

About me:

Shaw currently holds a MA (magna cum laude) in Philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Higher Institute of Philosophy), a MA in Theology and Religious Studies from Villanova University, and a BA in Religious Studies (with minors in Philosophy and Anthropology) from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.