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Matthew D. Kirkpatrick – Lecturer and Director of Studies in Philosophy and Theology

MA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Lecturer in Ethics and Doctrine, Tutor for Visiting Students, Tutor for Graduates, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford

Before starting at Wycliffe Hall, Matthew studied theology and then ethics at the University of Oxford, before completing a D.Phil. analysing the thought of Søren Kierkegaard and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He teaches a wide range of subjects across ethics, Christian doctrine, and philosophy, and teaches at graduate level for the University in both ethics and doctrine. Amongst his wide interests includes particular attention to the interplay of existentialism and Christianity, sexual ethics in relation to the identity of children, and the wider thought of Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer. He welcomes applications for those wishing to be supervised at graduate level. Matthew is married to Kate, who is herself an expert in philosophy of religion, existentialism, and the thought of Jean-Paul Sartre. They live in Marston with their two children.

Profile: University of Oxford, Wycliffe Hall

Classes Taught
  • Christian Moral Reasoning (2981)
  • Ethics (103)
  • God, Christ, and Salvation (2907)
  • Post-Kantian Philosophy (113)
  • Aesthetics (109)
  • The Later Philosophy of Wittgenstein (118)
  • Further Studies in New Testament and Christian Origins: Kierkegaard (2944)
  • Further Studies in New Testament and Christian Origins: Bonhoeffer (2932)

Research Interests
  • Ethics
  • Theology of sexual ethics in relation to the child
  • Søren Kierkegaard
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Existentialism
  • Doctrine

  • Søren Kierkegaard (Cambridge, Grove Books: 2013)
  • Attacks on Christendom in a World Come of Age: Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, and the question of “Religionless Christianity” (Princeton Theological Monographs. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications: 2011)
  • Bonhoeffer’s Ethics: Between Pacifism and Assassination (Cambridge: Grove Books: 2011)
  • ‘Bonhoeffer, Kierkegaard, and the Teleological Suspension of the Ethical: The Beginning or End of Ethics?’ in Ontology and Ethics: Bonhoeffer and Contemporary Scholarship, ed. Adam Clark and Michael Mawson (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications: 2013)

Publications in Preparation
  • Engaging Bonhoeffer: The Impact and Influence of Bonhoeffer’s Life and Thought. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
  • ‘Situations, Context, and Responsibility: Bonhoeffer in the thought of Joseph Fletcher, Paul Lehamnm, and H. Richard Niebuhr,’ in Engaging Bonhoeffer: The Impact and Influence of Bonhoeffer’s Life and Thought. Edited by Matthew D. Kirkpatrick. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.