Dr Timothy Stanley

Dr Timothy Stanley

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Philosophy)

Career Summary

Biography

I teach and research topics in philosophy of religion. I've written about secularization, religious technology, and the question of metaphysics and theology.

Secularization

Modern cultures tend to consider religion and politics in some form of separation. At times, an institutional wall is envisioned between church and state. In other cases, the emphasis is primarily upon privatizing religious symbols out of a secular public sphere. My research investigates the ways in which these processes have resulted in significant changes to how religion is understood today. In particular, I have written on the way in which Jürgen Habermas frames religion within philosophical notions of transcendence. I also occasionally write on the representation and public perception of religion in media and film.

Religious Technology

One of the earliest summaries of writing's danger to philosophy can be found in Plato's Phaedrus. More recently, Jacques Derrida's grammatology embraced writing's supplementation, while leaving open a number of questions concerning its mediation in religious books. In response, I have written about the artifactual evidence and religious controversy concerning a key moment in the history of writing, the rise of the early codex book. A number of religious scribal practices are bound up in this technical development and can inform how the nature of written exteriority and religious mediation is understood after Derrida.

Metaphysics and Theology

Karl Barth and Martin Heidegger are oft-cited as two of the most important and influential thinkers of the 20th century. My writing investigates how the question of 'being' developed through their respective accounts of theology. Whereas Heidegger suggested a post-onto-theological pathway, Barth inverted the question of being in a thoroughgoing theological ontology. In the end, both reconfigured the relationship between philosophy and theology in ways that continue to shape contemporary debate in philosophy of religion.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Manchester - England
  • Master of Arts, University of Manchester - England

Keywords

  • Philosophical Theology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion in Political Philosophy

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
220315 Philosophy of Religion 50
220405 Religion and Society 25
160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
RELT1020 World Religions
The University of Newcastle
The course introduces the principal features of the world's major religions through reference to key events, characters, beliefs and related phenomena.
Course Coordinator 22/02/2016 - 3/06/2016
RELT3010 Modern Religious Thought
The University of Newcastle
The course examines the development of the understandings of 'God', the gods, and transcendence in the modern period. Students will gain an understanding of the key writers on the subject, who have contributed to major changes in a variety of religions today.
Course Coordinator 22/02/2016 - 3/06/2016
HUMA1010 The World's Great Thinkers I
The University of Newcastle
The course investigates the thoughts and influence of a range of highly influential pre-modern figures across a diverse set of areas of study.  
Lecturer 22/02/2016 - 3/06/2016
HUMA2010 The World's Great Thinkers II
The University of Newcastle
The course investigates the thoughts and influence of a range of highly influential modern figures across a diverse set of areas of study.
Course Coordinator 25/07/2016 - 4/11/2016
HUMA3010 Debating the Big Ideas
The University of Newcastle
The course focuses on some of the big ideas that have been perennially debated within the disciplines of philosophy and religion. It builds on the introduction provided by HUMA1010 and HUMA2010 to the foundational areas, themes or questions within the philosophy and religion disciplines, and the methods of study that are typically employed by them.
Course Coordinator 25/07/2016 - 4/11/2016
RELT3020 Religion in a Secular World
The University of Newcastle
The course investigates the new and persistent visibilities of religion in secular societies with reference to key religious, social and political theorists. 
Course Coordinator 27/07/2015 - 6/11/2015
RELT3022 Jewish Thought after the Holocaust
The University of Newcastle
The course critically interprets a range of key Jewish philosophers and thinkers who have provided influential responses to the Holocaust over the course of the twentieth century.
Course Coordinator 24/02/2014 - 6/06/2014
RELT4010 Religion Honours Research Methods
The University of Newcastle
The course introduces students to advanced methods and theory for research in the study of religion.
Course Coordinator 22/02/2016 - 3/06/2016
RELT1021 Religion in Film
The University of Newcastle
The course critically interprets the relationship between religion and film. It explores a sampling of global cinema in order to help students begin to understand their visual styles, narrative constructions, historical contexts, and salient religious themes.
Course Coordinator 28/07/2014 - 7/11/2014
RELT2020 Children of Abraham
The University of Newcastle
The course investigates the inter-religious and civilizational points of comparison between the traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam over their complex histories.
Course Coordinator 27/07/2015 - 6/11/2015
RELT3021 Directed Studies in Religion and Civil Society
The University of Newcastle
This course provides opportunities for students to develop an advanced level of understanding of religion and civil society and relevant research skills through a customised learning experience.
Course Coordinator 22/02/2016 - 3/06/2016
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Stanley TW, Writing Faith after the Early Codex Book, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 180 (2016)
2015 Stanley TW, Religion after secularization in Australia, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, 233 (2015) [A3]
2010 Stanley T, Protestant Metaphysics after Karl Barth and Martin Heidegger, SCM Press, London, United Kingdom, 288 (2010) [A1]

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Stanley TW, 'Utopia and the Public Sphere', Religion after Secularization in Australia, Palgrave MacMillan, New York 191-210 (2015) [B1]
2015 Stanley TW, 'Introduction', Religion after Secularization in Australia, Palgrave MacMillan, New York vii-xiv (2015) [B2]

Journal article (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Stanley TW, 'Faithful Codex: A Theological Account of Early Christian Books', Heythrop Journal: A Quarterly Review of Philosophy and Theology, 57 9-28 (2016)
DOI 10.1111/heyj.12079
2016 Stanley TW, 'Bonhoeffer's Anti-Judaism', Political Theology, 17 (2016)
2015 Stanley TW, 'The Early Codex Book: Recovering its Cosmopolitan Consequences', Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches, 23 369-398 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1163/15685152-00233P04
2013 Stanley TW, 'Job: A Serious Man', The Bible and Critical Theory, 9 27-37 (2013) [C1]
2012 Stanley TW, 'Barth after Kant?', Modern Theology, 28 423-445 (2012) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 1
2009 Stanley T, 'Before Analogy: Recovering Barth's Ontological Development', New Blackfriars, 90 577-601 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2009.01302.x
2008 Stanley T, 'Karl Barth and Jürgen Habermas: Transcendental Aporias of Global Civil Society', Political Theology, 9 477-502 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1558/poth.v9i4.477
2008 Stanley T, 'Christian Particularism in Postmodern Contexts', International Review of Mission, 97 21-30 (2008) [C1]
2008 Stanley T, 'Returning Barth to Anselm', Modern Theology, 24 413-437 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0025.2008.00465.x
2007 Stanley T, 'Heidegger on Luther on Paul', Dialog: a journal of theology, 46 41-45 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1540-6385.2007.00306.x
2006 Stanley T, 'From Habermas to Barth and back again', JOURNAL OF CHURCH AND STATE, 48 101-126 (2006) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 1
2006 Stanley T, 'Urban Surveillance: The Hidden Costs of Disneyland', International Journal of the Humanities, 3 117-124 (2006) [C1]
2005 Stanley T, 'Redeeming the Icons', The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, 6 39-62 (2005) [C1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $121,500

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20141 grants / $15,000

Religion and Radicalism Research Network$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Timothy Stanley, Professor Roland Boer, Professor Hilary Carey, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Conjoint Professor Marion Maddox, Doctor Kathleen McPhillips, Doctor Christina Petterson
Scheme Strategic Networks Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400933
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $1,500

The American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, USA 23-26 November 2013$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Timothy Stanley
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300771
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $100,000

Religion in Political Life Research Program$100,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team
Scheme Round 3 Research Program Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20101 grants / $5,000

Stanley - New Staff Grant 2010$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Timothy Stanley
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1001043
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.7

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Religion and Ideology in Yehud in the Persian Era: A Samoan Hermeneutics
PhD (Theology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Bonhoeffer's Theology and Anthropogenic Climate Change: In Search of an Ecoethic
PhD (Theology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Religion of Labour, Democracy, and Satan: The Socialist Gospel According to Anatoly Lunacharsky
PhD (Religious Studies), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012 PhD An Investigation of Contrasting Approaches to Worship within Australian Baptist Churches to Explore the Role of Apollonian and Dionysian Concepts of Art Play in Understanding the Differences. A Case Study Approach
PhD (Music), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Timothy Stanley

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Philosophy

Contact Details

Email timothy.stanley@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7927
Link Personal webpage

Office

Room MC101A
Building McMullin Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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