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Garth W. Green

Associate professor of Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology


B.A. (Arizona)
M.A. (Boston)
M.A. (Leuven)
Ph.D. (Boston)

Field(s) of specialization

Philosophy of Religion, Philosophical Theology, Christian Neo-Platonism, German Idealism, French Phenomenology


I teach and research the histories of Christian theology and European philosophy, and the systematic relations within and between these histories. I have focused on (1) medieval, and specifically neo-Platonic, theology, (2) modern and 19th-century philosophies of religion, and (3) the reconfiguration of this medieval-theological and modern-philosophical inheritance in contemporary phenomenology and its ‘theological turn.’ In each case, my intention is to comprehend fundamental philosophical and theological problems by attending to the process of their unfolding, in order to come to a contemporary understanding of ourselves as inheritors of these philosophical and theological histories.

I developed these interests during graduate study in Religion (M.A., Boston University), Philosophy (M.A., Leuven), and Philosophy of Religion (Ph.D., Boston University). I held graduate fellowship and research positions at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Austria), the University of Leuven (Belgium), the Institut Catholique de Paris (France), and the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici (Italy). I was Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Boston University from 2004–2011, and taught in the Department of Religion, Department of Philosophy, and School of Theology. I became Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion at McGill University in Fall 2011.

Current Doctoral Student projects

Marco Dozzi, “Neo-Platonism and Contemporary French Philosophy”; Dave Larson, “Schelling as Philosopher of Religion: Religion and Modern Philosophy” (Boston University); Derek Michaud, “Reason turned into Sense: John Smith on Spiritual Sensation” (Boston University); Ian Pattenden, “The Perseverance of the Saint(s): Zizek and Apocalyptic Eschatology”; Sarah Shea, “The Neo-Platonism of Albert Camus”; Nathan Strunk, "The Metamorphosis of the Transcendental: Faith, Reason, and the Metaphysics of Cognition"; Elvira Vitouchanskaia (M.A.), “The Transcendental Concept of ‘Religion’: Kant and Fichte.”


Recent publications

2011 “Sensus interiores and Sensus spirituales in Nicholas of Cusa,” The Spiritual Senses : Perceiving God in Western Christianity, Sarah Coakley and Pavel Gavrilyuk, eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

2010 The Aporia of Inner Sense; The Self-Knowledge of Pure Reason and the Critique of Metaphysics in Kant (Brill [Critical Studies in German Idealism Series], 2010; paperback 2011).

2010 “Self-Consciousness and Temporality; Fichte and Husserl,” Fichte and the Phenomenological Tradition, Violetta Waibel, Daniel Breazeale, and Tom Rockmore, eds. (Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 2010).

2009 “La théorie du temps chez Kant et Fichte: un heritage phénoménologique,” in Les métamorphoses du transcendental: Parcours multiples de Kant à Deleuze, in the Europaea Memoria Series, Band 70 (Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim, 2009), Jean-Christophe Goddard and Günter Zöller, eds.

2008 “Una fenomenologia trascendentale, Un’epistemologia fichtiana: L’eredità fenomenologica di Fichte in Husserl e Henry,” published in Metamorfosi del trascendentale. Percorsi filosofici tra Kant e Deleuze (Editrice Università di Padova, Padova, 2008), 16–52.

2007 “The Speculative Structures of the 1807 Wissenschaftslehre,” synthesis and translation of Le Strutture Speculative della Dottrina della Scienza: Il pensiero di J.G. Fichte negli anni 1801–1807, by Gaetano Rametta (Genova, Pantograf, 1995), published in Idealistic Studies 37:2 (September 2007), pp. 121–42.

2007 “Fichte's Critique of Kant’s Doctrine of Inner Sense,” in Idealistic Studies 37: 3 (December 2007), pp. 157–78.

Contact information

Birks Building
3520 rue University, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2A7

garth [dot] green [at] mcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)