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Nathaniel Hodson

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Nathaniel Hodson
BA 2018
Theology Graduate Student

Further education Master of Divinity, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Current MPhil in Theology (Christian Ethics) student at the University of Oxford.

Favorite courses at Berkeley Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy, Ethical Theories, Medieval Philosophy, Heidegger.

Favorite professors Lara Buchak, Tim Crockett, Kristin Primus.

How has your philosophical training influenced your life and career? The philosophical questions, traditions, and training I encountered at Berkeley (along with a certain "philosophical spirit") helped to lead me to my current vocation in academic theology. Theologian David Bentley Hart, in his description of theology as a "pitilessly demanding discipline," mentioned that one of the qualifications of a "properly trained Christian theologian" should be a "thorough philosophical training." In this way my philosophical education very directly prepared me for my career in theology.

Any current engagement with philosophy? Since the boundaries between theology and philosophy are rather porous and contested, I often work through undeniably philosophical texts (e.g. Aristotle, Wittgenstein, Kant) in the course of my studies.


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