Brian Gregor, Ph.D

Brian Gregor

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information
La Corte Hall A-341

Dr. Gregor teaches courses in the history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, and religious studies. His research concerns the relation between religious faith and human subjectivity. This interest has motivated his work in post-Kantian Continental philosophy (especially in such figures as Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, and Ricoeur), as well as his interest in ancient and medieval models of ethical and religious formation. His first book, A Philosophical Anthropology of the Cross: The Cruciform Self (Indiana University Press, 2013), focuses on philosophical interpretations of the cross and their significance for understanding what it means to be human.

His second book, Ricoeur's Hermeneutics of Religion:Rebirth of the Capable Self, is forthcoming with Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield in their series Studies in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur.

Selected Publications

Books Authored

  • A Philosophical Anthropology of the Cross: The Cruciform Self. (Indiana University Press, 2013).
  • Ricoeur's Hermeneutics of Religion: Rebirth of the Capable Self. (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

Books Edited

  • Being Human, Becoming Human: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Social Thought. Eds. Jens Zimmermann and Brian Gregor. (Wipf & Stock, 2010).
  • Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought: Cruciform Philosophy. Eds. Brian Gregor and Jens Zimmermann. (Indiana University Press, 2009).


  • “Ricoeur’s Askesis: Textual and Gymnastic Exercises for Self-Transformation.” Continental Philosophy Review. (forthcoming). Advance online access:
  • “The Critique of Religion and Post-Metaphysical Faith: Bonhoeffer’s Influence on Paul Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics of Religion.” Engaging Bonhoeffer: The Impact and Influence of Bonhoeffer’s Life and Thought. Ed. Matthew Kirkpatrick. (Fortress Press, 2016).
  • “The Transcendence of the Person: Bonhoeffer as a Resource for Phenomenology of Religion and Ethics.” Early Phenomenology: Metaphysics, Ethics, and the Philosophy of Religion. Ed. Brian Harding and Michael R. Kelly (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016).
  • “Shame and the Other: Bonhoeffer and Levinas on Human Dignity and Ethical Responsibility.” Ontology and Ethics: Bonhoeffer and Contemporary Scholarship. Eds. Michael Mawson and Adam Clark. (Pickwick Publications, 2013).
  • “The Text as Mirror: Kierkegaard and Hadot on Transformative Reading.” History of Philosophy Quarterly Vol. 28, Number 1 (January 2011), pp.65-84.
  • “Dexter the Self-Interpreting Animal,” in Dexter and Philosophy (Open Court, 2011).
  • “Kierkegaard and the Phenomenology of Temptation.” Kierkegaard as Phenomenologist. Ed. Jeffrey Hanson. (Northwestern University Press, 2010).
  • “Following-After and Becoming Human: A Study of Bonhoeffer and Kierkegaard.” Being Human, Becoming Human: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Social Thought (Wipf & Stock, 2010), pp.152-75.
  • “Bonhoeffer’s ‘Christian Social Philosophy’: Conscience, Alterity, and the Moment of Ethical Responsibility.” Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought: Cruciform Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2009), pp.201-25.
  • “Thinking through Kierkegaard’s Anti-Climacus: Art, Imagination, and Imitation.” The Heythrop Journal Vol. 50, Number 3 (May 2009), pp.448-65.
  • “Friends and Neighbors: Kierkegaard and the Possibility of Transformative Friendship.” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia: “Søren Kierkegaard and Philosophy Today.” Volume 64, Numbers 2-4, (April- December 2008), pp.921-41
  • “Formal Indication, Philosophy, and Theology: Bonhoeffer’s Critique of Heidegger.” Faith and Philosophy Vol. 24, No.2. April 2007: pp.185-202.
  • “Selfhood and the Three R’s: Reference, Repetition, and Refiguration.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. (2005) 58: pp.63–94.
  • “Eros that Never Arrives: A Phenomenological Ethics of the Erotic.” Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, Vol. 9, No.1. (2005): pp.67-88.