Garth W. Green

Academic title(s): 

John W. McConnell Professor of Philosophy of Religion
Graduate Program Director

(on sabbatical leave in Winter 2018)

Contact Information
Address: 

3520 University Street, Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2A7, Canada

Phone: 
514-398-1446
Fax number: 
514-398-6665
Email address: 
garth.green [at] mcgill.ca
Degree(s): 

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

Specialization: 

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

Biography: 

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.

These interests developed 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, where I taught in the Department of Religion, Department of Philosophy, and School of Theology, from 2004-2011. I became Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion at McGill University in Fall 2011, and John W. McConnell Professor of Philosophy of Religion in 2017.

Since arriving at McGill, I have been a Faculty Fellow at the McGill Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (2013-16), and have held a FRQSC Nouveaux Chercheurs Grant (2013-16) for my work on Michel Henry and the origins of the ‘theological turn’ of French phenomenology. In that context, I co-hosted (with Professor Jean Grondin, Université de Montréal) the International Conference of the Société Francophone de Philosophie de la Religion. I was Visiting Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Institut Supérieur de Philosophie) in Summer 2014, and at the Università di Cagliari (Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia) in Summer 2015. I will be on sabbatical during the Winter terms of 2017 and 2018.

Courses: 

RELG 321 Western Intellectual Tradition 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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RELG 325 Varieties Rel Exp in Christnty 3 Credits
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RELG 341 Intro:Philosophy of Religion 3 Credits
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RELG 351 Course not available

RELG 374 Topics:Philosophy of Religion 3 Credits
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RELG 380 Religion,Philosophy, Modernity 3 Credits
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  • Winter
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RELG 540 Course not available

RELG 641 Modern Philosophy of Religion 3 Credits
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RELG 642 Contemp Philosophy of Religion 3 Credits
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Selected publications: 

Recent publications (2015–)

2017, Forthcoming Co-Edited Journal, Special Issue with Article; Revue Internationale Michel Henry, Jean Leclercq and Garth Green, eds. “Michel Henry; Philosopher of Religion.”

2017, Forthcoming Article; “Verità e non-verità nella filosofia della religione di Michel Henry,” Dianoia (2017), translation of “Vérité et non-vérité dans la philosophie de la religion de Michel Henry,” Religion et vérité: La philosophie de la religion à l’âge séculier (Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, Collection "Philosophie de la religion," 2016).

2017, Forthcoming Co-Edited Book; Religion et vérité: La philosophie de la religion à l’âge séculier, Garth Green and Jean Grondin, eds. Actes de Conférence ‘Religion et la vérité,’ Société Francophone de Philosophie de la Religion (Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, Collection "Philosophie de la religion," 2017).

2017, Forthcoming Book Chapter; “Vérité et non-vérité dans la philosophie de la religion de Michel Henry,” Religion et vérité: La philosophie de la religion à l’âge séculier (Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, Collection "Philosophie de la religion," 2017), pp. 101-10.

2017, Forthcoming Article; “Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion,” in Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, 4 v. Co-authored with George di Giovanni, Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro, eds. (Oxford, Wiley Blackwell, 2017).

2017, Forthcoming Book Chapter; “Nicholas of Cusa’s Platonism: Its Epistemological Structure and Historiographical Significance,” in Companion to Medieval and Early Modern Platonism, 2 vols, v. 1, Anna Corrias and Guido Giglioni, eds. (Companions to Classical Reception Series, Brill, 2017).

2016, Translation; “The Doctrine of Manifestation in Fichte’s Principien,” in Laval théologique et philosophique, v. 72, 2 (Université Laval, Luc Langlois, ed.). Translation of Marco Ivaldo, “La dottrina della manifestazione nei Principien di Fichte,” Annuario filosofico 5 (1989), pp. 189–220.

2016, Journal, Guest Co-Editor, Analecta Hermeneutica Special Issue, "The Philosophy of Michel Henry" (n. 7, 2015) Garth Green, Roberto Formisano, eds.

2016, Translation of Michel Henry, “Destruction Ontologique de la critique kantienne du paralogisme de la psychologie rationelle” (Studia Phaenomenologica IX (2009), 17-53), in Analecta Hermeneutica Special Issue, "The Philosophy of Michel Henry," Garth Green, Roberto Formisano, eds. (2016), pp. 1-36.

2016, Article, “The Significance of Self-Affection: Michel Henry's Critique of Kant,” in Analecta Hermeneutica Special Issue, "The Philosophy of Michel Henry," Garth Green, Roberto Formisano, eds. (2016).

2016, Translation of Carla Canullo, “Michel Henry between Krisis and Critique: Philosophy in the Age of Barbarism” Analecta Hermeneutica Special Issue, "The Philosophy of Michel Henry," Garth Green, Roberto Formisano, eds. (2016).

2016, Co-Translations of (1) J.F. Lavigne with Elvira Vitouchanskaia, “Souffrance et ipséité selon Michel Henry: le problème de l'identité transcendantale de l'ego,” [Cahiers philosophiques, 126 (2011) 3, pp. 66-81], (2) Gaetano Rametta with Marco Dozzi, "Fichte, Henry, et le problème de la manifestation" [Vivre la raison. Michel Henry entre histoire des idées, philosophie transcendantale et nouvelles perspectives phénoménologiques (Paris: Vrin, 2016)], (3) R. Formisano, "Phenomenality and Finitude: Michel Henry’s Theory of Immanence,” with Alessandro Chiessi, and (4) Stefano Bancalari, “Phenomenological Models of Inter-Subjectivity: The Position of Michel Henry,” with Federico Tedesco for Analecta Hermeneutica Special Issue, "The Philosophy of Michel Henry," Garth Green, Roberto Formisano, eds. (2016).

2016, Book Chapter; “La nozione di soggettività in filosofia classica tedesca,” co-authored with Paolo Livieri, in Guida all’Idealismo Tedesco, Luca Illetterati, ed. (Carocci Editori, Roma, 2016).

2016, Book Chapter; "Le sens de l'auto-affection: la critique henryenne de Kant," in Vivre la raison. Études d’histoire des idées, philosophie transcendantale et phénoménologie à partir de Michel Henry, R. Formisano, F. Grigenti, and I. Malaguti, eds., (Paris, Vrin, 2016).

2015, Book Chapter; “'Los platónicos' y 'El peripatéticos' en la Apología de Cusa: La genealogía de un analogia mentis,” La Dimension simbolica del pensamiento de Nicolás de Cusa: Genealogia y Proyección, José González Ríos, ed., pp. 19-40.

Lectures: 

Recent Invited Lectures (2015- )

2016, “Kant and the Idea(s) of God,” Keynote Address, Symposium on the Philosophy of Religion; “The Idea of God: A Philosophical Investigation,” Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Philosophy (Nov. 2016).

2016, Convener; American Academy of Religion ‘Author Meets Critics’ Panel on “God, Being, Nothing: The Speculative Theology of Ray L. Hart,” with Thomas J.J. Altizer, Thomas Carlson, Douglas Hedley, Cyril O’Regan (November 2016).

2016, “Cusa’s Apologia and the Aristotelica secta: The Theo-logical Significance of a 15th-Century Polemic,” Boston University School of Theology (March 2016).

2015, “Vérité et non-vérité dans la philosophie de la religion de Michel Henry,” Invited Lecture to the International Conference of the Société Francophone de Philosophie de la Religion (October 2015, Montréal).

2015, "Nicola Cusano: il problema dei nomi di Dio," Visiting Professor Inaugural Lecture, Università di Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia (May 2015).

2015, "A Future for (Kantian) Philosophy of Religion; Some Rhetorical Considerations,” Invited Lecture to the Institute for Philosophy and Religion (Boston University) Symposium on "The Future of the Philosophy of Religion" (April 2015).

2015, "The Significance of Self-Affection: Michel Henry's Critique of Kant," Invited Lecture to the International Conference “Esperire la ragione: Percorsi di storia delle idee, filosofia transcendentale, e nuove prospettive fenomenologiche: con e oltre Michel Henry” (Università degli Studi di Padova, January 2015, McGill-SSHRC Presentation Grant).