Faculty Member Eric Severson

Eric Severson

Affiliate Professor of Philosophy of Religion

Faculty Member Eric Severson

Eric Severson

Affiliate Professor of Philosophy of Religion
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It makes me happy to contribute to the work of Nazarene Theological Seminary, where I found myself deeply challenged and encouraged. When I took Philosophy of Religion at NTS from Dr. Al Truesdale in 1998, I realized that at this place of theological education, thinking seriously about human (and particularly Christian) responsibility is encouraged and supported. I teach for NTS because I want to provide that same experience for other students. When I’m not teaching, I love hiking in the Pacific Northwest, building furniture in my woodshop, or coaching for my kid’s soccer team.

Memories and Monsters: Psychology, Trauma and Narrative (lead editor, with co-editor David Goodman, Routledge, 2018).

In the Wake of Trauma: Psychology and Philosophy for the Suffering Other (lead editor, with co-editors David Goodman and Brian Becker, Duquesne University Press, 2016).[1]

The Ethical Turn: Otherness and Subjectivity in Contemporary Psychoanalysis (co-edited with David Goodman, Routledge, 2016).

“Levinas on Psychology, Identity, and Caring for Others,” (with David Goodman), The Oxford Handbook of Levinas, Michael Morgan, ed. Online publication 2018, print forthcoming.

“Levinas and Anarchic Trauma,” Trauma and Transcendence(Fordham University Press, coming August 2018).

“The Time of Shame: Levinas and the Hope of Shamefulness,” Temporality and Shame: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Philosophy(Routledge, 2017).

“Trauma, Tragedy and Theater: A Conversation with Simon Critchley,” In the Wake of Trauma (Duquesne University Press, 2016).

“After Fire, Words: Levinas and the First Order of Language,” In Spirit and in Truth: Philosophical Reflections on Liturgy and Worship(Claremont School of Theology Press, 2016).

“The Body Obsessed: Reflections on Religious Enthusiasm,” This is My Body(Pickwick Publishing, 2016).

“Deconstructionism,” “Emmanuel Levinas,” and “Gabriel Marcel,” in The New Dictionary of Theology (InterVarsity Press, 2016).

“In Defense of Reverence: Levinas, Responsibility and Future Generations,” in Metodo, vol. 5, no. 2, Fall 2017.

Review of: Elliot R. Wolfson,Giving Beyond the Gift: Apophasis and Overcoming Theomania, in Sophia, February 2018.

Review of: Richard Cohen, Out of Control: Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas, in Cahiers d'études lévinassiennes,no. 15, 2017.

Review of: Simon Critchley, The Problem with Levinas, in Cahiers d'études lévinassiennes,
no. 14, 2016.


PhD, Boston University
MDiv, Nazarene Theological Seminary
BA, Northwest Nazarene College

Academic Affiliations

Instructor of Philosophy, Seattle University
Senior Research Fellow, Boston College
Fellow, Psychology and the Other Institute (Cambridge, MA)

Teaching/Research Interests

Christian Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Continental Philosophy, Emmanuel Levinas

Classes Taught

Christian Ethics
Philosophy of Religion


Elder, Church of the Nazarene

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