Steven DeLay

Thomas Jack Lynch Teacher-Scholar Post Doctoral Fellow
Office: B306 Tribble
Phone: 336-758-2234


High Point University, Department of Philosophy Colloquium, Fall 2019

9th Annual Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, May 2019

University of South Carolina, 19th Annual South Carolina Society for Philosophy, March 2019

“The Power at Work within Us”

ICP, International Network in the Philosophy of Religion, Séminaire de recherche Philosophie de la religion, Paris, March 2019

“Making Peace”

Rice University, Department of Religion, September 28, 2018

“Jean-Yves Lacoste: From Being-in-the-World to Living-Before-God”

University of Saint Thomas (Houston), Department of Philosophy, September 28, 2018

  • D.Phil, Philosophy, Oxford, 2017
  • M.A., Philosophy, Rice University, 2013
  • B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 2010

My main work is in phenomenology, though I have other philosophical interests too. I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area, but after returning from the UK to the States, I decided with my wife to live in Texas, where I worked as an independent scholar before taking up a post here at Wake Forest. If you want to talk philosophy or are considering taking one of my classes, always feel free to visit at office hours.

A copy of my CV is here.


Phenomenology in France: A Philosophical and Theological Introduction, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Coram Deo: Exercises in Subjectivity (in progress, London: Rowman & Littlefield)
Conscience (manuscript in progress)

Articles and Book Chapters

“Does the Philosophy-Theology Distinction Rest on a Mistake?,” Open Theology, Special Issue: “Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology,” in preparation

“The Power at Work within Us,” in preparation for a volume on Emmanuel Falque’s Crossing the Rubicon, ed. Martin Kočí

“The Vanity of Authenticity,” Sophia, 2019, 1-47

“Disclosing Worldhood or Expressing Life? Heidegger and Henry on the Origin of the Work of Art,” Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology (2017), Special Issue: “Thinking Contemporary Art with Heidegger,” 4 (2), 155-171

“Against Onto-theology: Will and Love in the Mystical Tradition.” In P. Cooper and S. Kikuchi (eds.) Commitments to Medieval Mysticism within Contemporary Contexts. Leuven—Paris—Bristol, CT: Peeters. (2017), 95-110

“The Toiling Lily: Narrative Life, Responsibility and the Ontological Ground of Self-Deception,” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (2016), Special Issue: “Making Sense: Narrativity, Interpretation and Responsibility,” 15 (1), 103-116

“God and Givenness: Toward a Phenomenology of Mysticism,” Continental Philosophy Review (2014), 47 (1), 87-106

Journal Editions

Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Philosophy and Theology, edited with Nikolaas Deketelaere and Elizabeth Li, special issue of Open Theology, in preparation


“Some Remarks on Phenomenology’s Past,” Dan Zahavi’s Oxford Handbook of the History of Phenomenology, Metascience (2019), 1-6

John Davenport’s Narrative, Autonomy, and Mortality: From Frankfurt and MacIntyre to Kierkegaard, European Journal of Philosophy, (2016), 24 (1) 289-298

Joseph Rivera’s The Contemplative Self after Michel Henry, Symposium: Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy, (2016)

J.R. Hustwit’s Interreligious Hermeneutics and the Pursuit of Truth, Review of Metaphysics (2015), 69 (3) 141-143