Professor Mark Wynn

Professor Mark Wynn

Profile

I joined the School in 2013, having previously held appointments at the University of Exeter, the Australian Catholic University, the University of Glasgow (where I was Gifford Research Fellow) and King's College London. I completed my BA (Philosophy and Theology) and DPhil at the University of Oxford.

I have served as President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion (2015-17), and Editor of Religious Studies (2016-18). In 2015 I gave the Wilde Lectures in Natural Religion at the University of Oxford.

With Tasia Scrutton, I have secured funding from the John Templeton Foundation and St Louis University for a project on Mental Suffering, the Experience of Beauty and Well-Being (2016-2018): www.happinessandwellbeing.org/wynn. I am currently the Mentor for Jamie Boulding's postdoctoral project funded via the Science-Engaged Theology scheme: www.theologyscience.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk.

Research interests

My research aims to bring together a fine-grained account of religious traditions and philosophical reflection on themes such as: the relationship between worldview and conceptions of the human good; the behavioural, emotional and perceptual, as well as creedal, practices that define particular forms of spiritual life; the contribution of the arts to the transmission of religious traditions; and the importance of place-relative practices in sustaining religious and spiritual identities.

In general, my research rests on the thought that religious traditions constitute extended experiments in human possibilities -- and the belief that in some cases, the careful retrieval of those traditions can throw new light on contemporary questions about how to live well.

For an overview of some of my interests see: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/phenomenology-religion/

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Student education

I am Programme Leader for the BA in Liberal Arts and the online MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Aesthetics
  • Centre for Philosophy of Religion
  • Centre for Religion and Public Life
  • Philosophy
  • Theology and Religious Studies

Current postgraduate researchers

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