Ingolf U. Dalferth’s major areas of research and teaching are philosophical and theological hermeneutics in the 20th century, systematic theology in the 19th and 20th centuries, ecumenical theology (Lutheranism and Anglicanism), analytic and phenomenological philosophy of religion in the 20th century, subjectivity theory, religion and emotion, altruism, trust, and evil.
Dalferth has studied theology, philosophy, and linguistics in Tübingen, Edinburgh, Vienna, and Cambridge. From 1998 to 2012 he directed the Institute of Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion, located in Zurich, where he is also professor emeritus of Systematic Theology, Symbolism, and Philosophy of Religion. In addition to his career at CGU, he is also a professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and a professor emeritus at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Dalferth has had a long career of accomplished academic service. From 1993 to 2004, he was co-chair of the Theological Board of the Meissen Commission. In 2004, he was visiting professor of philosophy of religion at the Center for Subjectivity Research in Copenhagen. From 2004 to 2009, he served as director of the Research Group “Religion and Emotion” at the Collegium Helveticum in Zurich. Then, from 2005 to 2013, Dalferth was co-director of the University Research Priority Program on the Foundations of Human Social Behavior at the University of Zurich. In 2009 to 2013, he was director of the Interdisciplinary Research Project “Understanding Trust“ at the University of Zurich. Since 2014, Dalferth has served as director of the Interdisciplinary Research Project “Prayer as Embodied Understanding” at the University of Zurich.
Dalferth continues to publish works, mainly in German and English, on the fundamental questions of philosophy and religion. Recent publications include Creatures of Possibility: The Theological Basis of Human Freedom (2016), Hoffnung (Grundthemen der Philosophie) (2016), and Radical Theology: An Essay on Faith and Theology in the Twenty-First Century (2016). He is also the author of Transzendenz und säkulare Welt (Transcendence and the Secular World) and the chief editor of the journal Theologische Literaturzeitung (Leipzig, Germany), the book series Philosophy of Religion and Theology (Tübingen, Germany), and the book series Claremont Studies in Religion, as well as editor of Hermeneutischen Untersuchungen zur Theologie (Tübingen, Germany).
Das Letzte – der Erste. Gott denken. Festschrift für Ingolf U. Dalferth zum 70. Geburtstag, edited by Hans-Peter Großhans, Michael Moxter, and Philipp Stoellger. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018.
Transcendence and the Secular World: Life in orientation to the ultimate presence. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018.
God first: Die reformatorische Revolution der christlichen Denkungsart. Leipzig: EVA, 2018.
Wirkendes Wort: Bibel, Schrift und Evangelium im Leben der Kirche und im Denken der Theologie. Leipzig: EVA, 2018.
Co-edited with T. W. Kimball. Self or No-Self? The Debate about Selflessness amd the Sense of Self. Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, Conference 2015. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017.
Creatures of Possibility: The Theological Basis of Human Freedom. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016.
Hoffnung (Grundthemen der Philosophie). Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016.
Radical Theology: An Essay on Faith and Theology in the Twenty-First Century. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2016.
Co-edited with Marelene A. Block. Hope. Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, Conference 2013. Tübingen, Germany: Mohr Siebeck, 2016.
Co-edited with Marlene A. Block. Hermeneutics and the Philosophy of Religion: The Legacy of Paul Ricoeur. Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, Conference 2013. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015.
Crucified and Resurrected: Restructuring the Grammar of Christology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.
Selbstlose Leidenschaften. Christlicher Glaube und menschliche Passionen. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013.
Malum: Theologische Hermeneutik des Bösen. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010.
Kant’s Philosophy of Religion
Luther’s Radical Theology
The Idea of Love
Tillich’s Philosophy of Religion