Eric Austin Lee

Philosopher & Theologian
Greetings!
I've recently received my PhD in Philosophical Theology at the University of Nottingham, and am seeking a university post teaching theology and philosophy.

Who is Eric Austin Lee?

Born and raised in Merced, CA, I began my career as a computer science major and subsequently went on to become a computer programmer for seven years before seeking post-graduate degrees in theology, first at Point Loma Nazarene University, and then at the University of Nottingham, where I recently received my PhD in Philosophical Theology (2013).
I am currently working on turning my PhD thesis into a book to be published (forthcoming 2016), which is tentatively titled Persons by Christ: Analogy and Dialogue as Metaphysical and Theological Presuppositions of the Human Person. Available later this year a co-edited collection (along with Dr. Samuel Kimbriel) of essays on the soul will be available entitled The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person (Wipf & Stock, in press).

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England, 2008-2012

Philosophical Theology Research Degree

Thesis Title: “‘Standing Accused’: Analogy and Dialogue as the Personhood of Substance”

Defended January 18th 2013, graduated July 9th 2013

M.A., Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA, 2008

Degree in Religion (emphasis: Theology)

Thesis Title: “Contradiction, Paradox, and Irony: Philosophical and Theological Stances of Hegel and Kierkegaard”

Grade Point Average: 4.0

B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA, 2002

Computer Science Major

Teaching Experience

Teacher's Assistant

Philosophy of Religion module

  • Where: Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Nottingham
  • Assistant to: Dr. Samuel Kimbriel
  • Period: January - May 2013

Duties included:

  • Leading two groups of discussion seminars on a weekly basis
  • Assisting in lectures regarding Kierkegaard and language concerning God

Teacher's Assistant

Christian Thought in the Modern World

  • Where: Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Nottingham
  • Assistant to:Dr. Samuel Kimbriel
  • Period: January - May 2013

Duties included:

  • Leading one group of discussion seminars on a fortnightly basis
  • Assisting Dr. Kimbriel with reading assignments

Seminar Leader

Great Religious Texts

  • Where: Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Nottingham
  • Period: September - October 2012

Duties included:

  • Leading one group of discussion seminars on a fortnightly basis
  • Marking weekly responses to the texts

Teacher's Assistant

Philosophy of Religion

  • Where: Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Nottingham
  • Assistant to: Dr. Conor Cunningham
  • Period: January - May 2011

Duties included:

  • Leading two groups of discussion seminars on a fortnightly basis
  • Conducting the lecture on Søren Kierkegaard

Teacher's Assistant

Philosophy of Religion

  • Where: Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Nottingham
  • Assistant to: Dr. Conor Cunningham
  • Period: September - December 2009

Duties included:

  • Leading two groups of discussion seminars on a fortnightly basis
  • Conducting the lecture on Søren Kierkegaard

Teacher's Assistant

Church History

  • Where: School of Theology & Christian Ministry, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Assistant to: Visiting Professor Mark Bilby
  • Period: January - June 2008

Duties included:

  • 40 hours of grading over the course of the semester
  • Conducting two guest lectures on the topic of "Recent Trends in Theology & Philosophy"

Publications

Monographs:
Persons by Christ: Analogy and Dialogue as Metaphysical and Theological Presuppositions of the Human Person (forthcoming 2016).

 

Radical Orthodoxy: A Brief Guide to the Discourse (Cascade Companions Series). In contract with Wipf & Stock, 2015.
Edited volumes:
The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person, co-edited with Samuel Kimbriel. Conference proceedings from St. Anne's College, Oxford, June 28th - July 1st 2013 (In press with Wipf & Stock in the Veritas series).
Articles:
"Standing Accused: The Dreyfus Affair and the Mystique of the Person." Telos (forthcoming).

 

"From Copenhagen to Cambrai: Paradoxes of Faith in Kierkegaard and de Lubac," in Belief and Metaphysics (Veritas), eds. Peter M. Candler, Jr. and Conor Cunningham (London: SCM Press, 2007), pp. 236-259.
Reviews:
Review of Kierkegaard's Mirrors: Interest, Self and Moral Vision, by Patrick Stokes in The Heythrop Journal (forthcoming).

 

Review of Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution, by Rebecca Comay in Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics (forthcoming).

 

Review of Kierkegaard: Thinking Christianly in an Existential Mode, by Sylvia Walsh in Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics (forthcoming).

 

"Barth's Theological Relationships to Philosophy, with a Short Parable," a review essay of of Karl Barth on Theology & Philosophy, by Kenneth Oakes in Syndicate: A New Forum for Theology 1, no. 2 (July/August 2014): 12-21.

 

Review of A Vexing Gadfly: The Late Kierkegaard on Economic Matters, by Eliseo Pérez-Álvarez in The Heythrop Journal 53, no. 1 (January 2012): 170-171.

Presentations

"'He who acts against his conscience loses his soul': John Henry Newman and the Light of the Conscience", presented at "The Soul" conference on behalf of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy in Oxford, England (June 28th 2013)

"A Response to: 'Love as Opening: Parallels Between Being and Time and the Later Heidegger,' by Zohar Atkins", presented at the Annual Postgraduate Theology Nottingham-Oxford-Cambridge-Kings College London Symposium on the top of "Religion and the Emotions" at King's College London, London, UK (May 10th 2012)

"Who is Life?: Human and Divine Persons in Aquinas, Yannaras, & Balthasar", presented at the "What is Life?: Theology, Science, and Philosophy" conference on behalf of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy in Kraków, Poland (June 25th 2011)

"I Do Not Know What I Am: Learned Ignorance Through Aporia after Socrates", presented at the Annual Postgraduate Theology Nottingham-Oxford-Cambridge-King's College London Symposium on the topic of "The Inheritance of Plato in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion" at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK (May 20th 2010)

"'Practicing Life in Death': Equality, Stillness, and Earnestness in Kierkegaard's Upbuilding Discourses", presented at the "Kierkegaard's Upbuilding Discourses" conference on behalf of the Oxford Centre for Theology and Modern European Thought at the University of Oxford, UK (April 17th 2010)

"Socrates Amongst the Prophets: Hamann and Kierkegaard's Critiques of Reason and Society", presented at the "Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination" conference at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California (March 25th 2010)

"The Grandeur and Disenchantment of Reason: Universalism and Irony in Hegel and Kierkegaard", presented at the "Grandeur of Reason: Religion, Tradition and Universalism" conference in Rome, Italy (September 2008)

"From Copenhagen to Cambrai: Paradoxes of Faith in Kierkegaard and de Lubac", presented at the "Belief and Metaphysics" conference on behalf of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham, England in conjunction with the Instituto de Filosofia Edith Stein, in Granada, Spain (September 2006)

Editorial Work

Managing Editor
Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, and Politics (journal). Online at http://journal.radicalorthodoxy.org. Annual print version published by Wipf & Stock.
Co-editor
Veritas book series (along with Conor Cunningham). Published by Wipf & Stock.
Co-editor
Kalos book series (along with Conor Cunningham and Christopher Ben Simpson). Published by Wipf & Stock.
Editorial Board
Synesis.Beyond Secular Faith. International Journal of the Studium Granatensis et Sacromontanum.
Advisory Board
Syndicate: A New Forum for Theology. Published by Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf & Stock Publishers.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

American Academy of Religion, Member, 2007-present

Employment History

Web Developer

Spear Marketing Group

  • Period: October 2013 - present
  • Job type: Part-Time

Responsibilities include

  • Responsive email and website creation in the Marketo marketing automation software
  • JavaScript and JQuery script maintenance

Systems Analyst

Point Loma Nazarene University

  • Period: August 2006 - August 2008
  • Job type: Full-Time

Responsibilities included

  • Maintaining and writing PERL code
  • Creating online payment forms for various school departments
  • Maintaining and writing PERL code
  • Training faculty and staff in four different classes geared toward the use of the university's Jenzabar CX system

Web Programmer

BlueHornet Networks, Inc.

  • Period: May 2001 - August 2006
  • Job type: Full-Time

Responsibilities included:

  • Maintaining and writing PHP code applications interacting with MySQL and Oracle databases
  • oversight of long- and short-term projects
  • customer relationship management with high profile clients

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Centre of Theology and Philosophy, Research Fellow and Deputy Director, North America; the University of Nottingham, England, 2006-present
  • Frequent duties include: Technical Advisor / Web master / web developer, maintaining and creating website content, news, and conference announcement pages.
  • Graphic Designer, creating book covers for the Interventions series (Eerdmans) and Veritas series (Wipf & Stock [formerly with SCM Press]).
  • Conference co-organizer with Co-Director Conor Cunningham for the 2006 conference entitled ‘Belief & Metaphysics’ (Granada, Spain).
  • Conference co-organizer with Co-Director Conor Cunningham for the 2008 conference entitled ‘The Grandeur of Reason: Religion, Tradition, and Universalism’ (Rome, Italy).
  • Conference co-organizer with Assistant Director Conor Cunningham for the 2011 conference entitled "What is Life?: Theology, Science, Philosophy" (Kraków, Poland).
  • Conference co-organizer with Prof Graham Ward and Dr Simon Oliver for the 2013 conference "The Soul" (St Anne's College, University of Oxford).
"The Church and Postmodern Culture", an online weblog conversation sponsored by Baker Academic Press
  • Technical Advisor and Author, 2006-2010.
  • Website Coordinator, coordinating with publishers, book authors, and academic and lay persons to engage books at the intersection of postmodern culture and the Church, 2007-2010.

RESEARCH LANGUAGES

German (reading and translation), Greek (reading)

ACADEMIC INTERESTS

The Relationship between Theology & Philosophy, Nature & Grace, the Relationship between Continental & Analytic Philosophy, Personhood, Analogy, Paradox, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Being, Socrates & Plato, Thomas Aquinas, Søren Kierkegaard, Edith Stein, Karol Wojtyła / John Paul II, Ferdinand Ulrich, Emmanuel Levinas, GWF Hegel, Friedrich Nietzsche, Hans Urs von Balthasar