Dr William Wood

Dr William Wood
Clifford Potter Fellow and Tutor in Theology

I oversee the teaching and admission of theology undergraduates at Oriel, where I teach a wide variety of papers in historical and contemporary theology and philosophy of religion.

I am originally from the United States. Before coming to Oriel, I received a PhD in theology from the University of Chicago in 2007 and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. 

Research interests

 I have completed a book for Oxford University Press called Blaise Pascal on Duplicity, Sin and the Fall: The Secret Instinct. This work is part of a broader interest in philosophical and theological accounts of sin and self-deception in the Augustinian tradition.  

As a corollary to that project, I am also trying to develop an account of what it means to say that God is truth, drawing especially on medieval figures like Anselm and Aquinas. I also have research interests in the relationship between philosophy, theology, and the study of religion. I am also engaged in a three-year project that will compare the methods and norms of analytic philosophical theology with the methods and norms of the academic discipline of religious studies.

Selected publications

'What is the Self? Imitation and Subjectivity in Blaise Pascal's Pensées,' Modern Theology, July 2010.

'On the New Analytic Theology: or, The Road Less Travelled,' Journal of the American Academy of Religion, December 2009.

'Axiology, Self-Deception and Moral Wrongdoing in Blaise Pascal's Pensées,' Journal of Religious Ethics, June 2009.