Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

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Colby Dickinson, PhD

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 313

Phone: 773.508.2362


CV Link: Dickinson CV


Colby Dickinson completed a BA in literature at Truman State University (1998), an MTS at Duke Divinity School (2000), an MA in Theology, Religious Education at Saint Louis University (2006), an MAS in Theology at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium (2008), and STB, STL, PhD and STD degrees also completed at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2012). He also taught religion in a secondary school setting at Incarnate Word Academy (Saint Louis, MO) from 2001-2007. He has published and researches on the relationship of contemporary continental thought and systematic theology, mainly focusing on the works of Walter Benjamin, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben and Paul Ricoeur.

Program Areas

Systematic theology

Research Interests

Political theology, Continental philosophy and theology, contextual theologies (feminist, postcolonial)

Selected Publications

Theology as Autobiography: The Centrality of Confession, Relationship and Prayer to the Life of Faith, Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2020.

The Challenge of God: Continental Philosophy and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, with Hugh Miller and Kathleen McNutt, London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

Theology and Contemporary Continental Philosophy: The Centrality of a Negative Dialectics, London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.

Continental Philosophy and Theology, ‘Brill Research Perspectives in Theology’, Leiden: Brill, 2018.

Words Fail: Theology, Poetry, and the Challenge of Representation, ‘Perspectives in Continental Philosophy’, New York: Fordham University Press, 2016.

Walter Benjamin and Theology, with Stéphane Symons, ‘Perspectives in Continental Philosophy’, New York: Fordham University Press, 2016.

Agamben’s Coming Philosophy: Finding a New Use for Theology, with Adam Kotsko, London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 

Between the Canon and the Messiah: The Structure of Faith in Contemporary Continental Thought, ‘Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy’, London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

The Postmodern Saints of France: Refiguring ‘The Holy’ in Contemporary French Philosophy, London: T&T Clark, 2013.

Agamben and Theology, ‘Philosophy and Theology’, London: T&T Clark, 2011.