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Jens Zimmermann

Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Literature and Theology
BA (University of British Columbia), MA (University of British Columbia), PhD (University of British Columbia), PhD (Johannes Gutenberg University)
Dr. Jens Zimmermann was born and raised in Germany. He studied at the University of British Columbia, earning his first PhD in Comparative Literature in 1997. He taught at UBC briefly before moving on to Trinity Western, where he has been for the past seventeen years,  holding the Canada Research Chair of Interpretation, Religion and Culture from 2006-2016. In 2010, Jens earned a second PhD in Philosophy from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. He was announced as Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Literature and Theology at Regent College in 2016.
 
Jens has edited and authored numerous books, including Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism: Education and the Restoration of Humanity (Oxford UP, 2016), Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2015),  Re-Imagening the Sacred (with Richard Kearney, Columbia UP, 2015), Whose Will Be Done?: Essays on Sovereignty and Religion (with John Dyck and Paul Rowe, Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington, 2015), Humanism and Religion: A Call for the Renewal of Western Culture (Oxford, 2012) and Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World (IVP, 2012). His main intellectual interests are anthropology (who we are) and epistemology (how we know). He has pursued these two central questions across a broad range of interests that include theological anthropology, hermeneutics, European literature, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans Urs von Balthasar.

Areas of expertise

  • Philosophical and Theological Anthropology
  • Philosophical and Theological Hermeneutics
  • Modern Theology (emphasis: Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • Existential Phenomenology (Heidegger, Gadamer, Levinas)
  • Cultural and Intellectual History of Humanism (Secular/Religious Humanisms and Transhumanism)
  • Literary Theory and European Literature

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