Kevin Wolfe is joining CGU as an assistant professor in the Religion Department with an emphasis on philosophy, religion, and theology. Wolfe’s work focuses on the blurry terrain between religious thought and political theory. He is currently completing his manuscript Justifying Democracy beyond Nietzsche’s Critique for publication, and will be turning his attention to his second book project tentatively titled Democratic Social Criticism beyond Jeremiad. In this project, Wolfe looks at the ways in which social criticism in the U.S. remains circumscribed by the rhetorical form and tropes of the Jeremiad, and thus remains unable to redress contemporary problems of race. By illuminating the mechanisms which limit our political imaginations, his book aims to imagine a way beyond the Jeremiad.
Before coming to CGU, Wolfe was a Robert A. Oden Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Humanities in Religion at Carleton College (2014-2016). He also served there as a visiting assistant professor in religion and African and African American studies from 2016 to 17. From 2017 to 2020, he was a lecturer in the religion department at Princeton University.
“Pragmatism, Racial Solidarity, and the Negotiation of Social Practices: Evading the Problem of ‘Problem Solving’ Talk.” Critical Philosophy of Race 5, no. 1 (2017).
Pessimism and the Affirmation of Existence
Introduction to Philosophy of Religion and Theology
Religion and the Post-Colonial Imagination