Judith Wolfe is Professor of Philosophical Theology, Deputy Head of the School of Divinity, and Director of the Graduate Programme in Theology and the Arts. She specialises in philosophical approaches to eschatology and to theology & the arts, and in the historical interactions of theology and European philosophy.
Austrian by birth, Israeli by descent, and American by adoption, she studied and taught in Jerusalem, Oxford and Berlin before joining the University of St Andrews in 2014.
She holds a BA in Literature and Philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an MPhil in early modern literature from Oxford, and an MA and DPhil in Philosophical Theology, also from Oxford.
Her main research focus has been on the ontological, epistemological and anthropological implications of Christian eschatology, yielding two strands of published research. The first are theological interactions with the philosophical traditions of Heidegger and the late Wittgenstein (including particularly Stanley Cavell); the second are engagements with ‘eschatological’ literature, particularly the late plays of Shakespeare and the novels of C.S. Lewis.
She is currently working on two projects: one on eschatology & European philosophy (1798-1954), and one on the eschatological imagination. (See Research for more details.)
Prof. Wolfe is the author of Heidegger and Theology (T&T Clark 2014) and Heidegger’s Eschatology (OUP 2013), and of articles and chapters on eschatology, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stanley Cavell, Edith Stein, William Shakespeare, and C.S. Lewis. (See Publications for more details.)
She is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought (OUP 2017), C. S. Lewis and His Circle (OUP 2015), C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra: Reshaping the Image of the Cosmos (Kent State 2013), and C. S. Lewis and the Church (T&T Clark 2011). She is also founding General Editor of the Journal of Inklings Studies.
Prof. Wolfe welcomes applications from graduates wishing to work
(a) on modern doctrine, particularly eschatology and theological anthropology (incl. hamartiology),
(b) on the critical-constructive exchange between theology and philosophy in and after thinkers incl. Kierkegaard, the late Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Edith Stein, and Stanley Cavell,
(c) on subjects in 20th-century philosophical theology that stand in dialogue with Thomas Aquinas,
(d) on theology and the arts, especially the conceptual study of image & imagination and of theatre & theatricality in their theological and philosophical dimensions,
(e) on C.S. Lewis and his intellectual circle, and
(f) on (modern) Jewish Christianity.