Dr. Michelle Rebidoux


Position

Visiting Assistant Professor
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Theology, MUN

Academics

Ph.D. McGill University, 2008
M.A. University of British Columbia, 2002
B.F.A. York University, 1993

Contact

Office: 5031 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8172
Email: mrebidoux@mun.ca


Research Interests

Philosophy of religion, comparative religion, theories of religion, history of Christianity, religious ethics.


Curret Research

I am currently working on a monograph on the philosophy of Personalism, both as a self-proclaimed philosophical movement in the 20th century and as a religious orientation which claims the irreducibility and ultimacy of the “person” for religious anthropology, an orientation having its roots in ancient tradition and developing throughout Western history. The work examines several strands of Personalist philosophy.


Courses Taught

RELS 1000 – The Religions of the World
RELS 1010 – Religion in the Modern World
PHIL 1200 – Introduction to Philosophy
RELS 2013 – Introduction to Christianity
RELS 2140 – Christianity from the Reformation to the Present
RELS 2610 – Religious Ethics
RELS 3500 / PHIL 3500 – Philosophy of Religion
RELS 3535 – Christianity in the Modern Era
RELS 3560 / MST 3003 – Christian Thought in the Middle Ages
RELS 3591 – Christian Mysticism
RELS 3650 – Religion and Social Justice
RELS 3680 – Religion and the Problem of Evil
RELS 3810 – Religion, Society, and Culture
RELS 3880 – Religion, Worldviews, and the Environment
RELS 4999 – Honours Reading Course


Student Supervision

M.Phil. Thesis
Butler, Tianna (Fall 2008 – Summer 2009). (M.Phil. Humanties). Look at Me: A Discussion of Western Views and Practices Surrounding the Self.

B.A. Honours Essays
Roche, Renee (Fall 2013 – Winter 2014). The Beguines: The Powerful Women of the Middle Ages.
Hayley, Rebekah (Fall 2013 – Winter 2014). Persons and the Trinity: An Eastern Orthodox Personalist Approach.


Recent Publications

Forthcoming

  • “Christianity and the Anthropocene”, forthcoming in Analecta Hermeneutica, No. 6 (2016).

2015

  • “Cultivating the Life of Divinity: The Consecrated Lifestyle of the Sri Chinmoy Centres of Canada”, in Understanding the Consecrated Life in Canada: Critical Essays on Contemporary Trends (edited by Jason Zuidema), Wilfred Laurier Press.

2014

  • Deeper Than the Entrails is That Great Love! A Phenomenological Approach to ‘Spiritual Sensuality’ in Teresa of Ávila”, in Heythrop Journal, LV, No. 2 (March) (originally published in webview in September 2011).

2013

  • “‘Disimpropriation’ and Infused Virtue: The Question of (Christian) Virtue Ethics in the Phenomenology of Michel Henry”, in Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics (edited by Paul Gyllenhammer and Kevin Hermberg), Bloomsbury Press.
  • “The Light of Unity Among All”, in Convivium, Vol. 2, No. 9 (August).
  • “The Levinasian Psychism and its ‘Others’ ”, in Polyphonic Thinking and the Divine (edited by Jim Kanaris), Rodopi Press.

2012

  • The Philosophy of Michel Henry (1922 – 2002): A French Christian Phenomenology of Life. Lewiston / Queenston / Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press.

2011

  • C’est Moi le Principe et la Fin: The Mysterious Middle of Michel Henry’s (Christian) Phenomenology of Life”, in Analecta Hermeneutica, No. 3 (2011).
  • “The Mirror That Is Not Ground: Thomas Merton’s Dialogue with Zen”, in Interreligious Insight (December).

2007

  • Essays in Phenomenology and Mysticism, a special invitational issue of ARC, The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Vol. 35. Co-edited by Michelle Rebidoux and Jeff Keiser.
  • “Given Life: The Phenomenality of Revelation in Michel Henry”, in Essays in Phenomenology and Mysticism, a special issue of ARC, The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Vol. 35 (co-edited by Michelle Rebidoux and Jeff Keiser).


Recent Presentations

2015

  • “God, the Anthropocene, and the Personalizing Cosmos”, presented in the annual Philosophy Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University, November 19.
  • Participation in the Integral Ecology Roundtable, as part of the “Future of Nature” conference, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University and Bonne Bay Marine Station, September 10 – 13.
  • “St. Teresa of Avila: Her Life and Teachings on Prayer”, presented as an invited talk (double session) at Our Lady of Calvary Trappist Monastery, Rogersville, New Brunswick, July 30.
  • “Kant and the Moral Call” (response to keynote speaker Pablo Muchnik), presented in the “Why Faith? Kantian Explorations” conference, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University, May 21 – 22.
  • “Saturated Phenomenality and the Icon: The Thought of Jean-Luc Marion”, presented as part of the Graduate Program in Humanities (M.Phil.) seminars series, Department of Humanities, Memorial University, April 2.
  • “Buber and the Great War”, upcoming in the World War I Symposium, Arts Division, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, February 27 – 28.
  • “Persons, Community, and the Mystic Body: Towards a Phenomenological Christian Personalism”, presented in the annual Philosophy Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University, January 27.
  • “Icons in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition”, presented as part of the Graduate Program in Humanities (M.Phil.) seminars series, Department of Humanities, Memorial University, January 22.

2014

  • “Theology and Ecology”, presented as part of the Graduate Program in Humanities (M.Phil.) seminars series, Department of Humanities, Memorial University, October 9.
  • “From ‘Realization’ to ‘Dialogue’: The Existentialist Personalist Development in the Early Buber”, presented at the annual meeting of ARPA (Atlantic Region Philosophers’ Association), Memorial University, October 24 – 25.
  • “The Global Interfaith Movement”, invited radio interview, Guest Interview Show (Host Barbara DeLand) Station VOWR (AM 800, St. John’s), April 24.
  • “Four Goals of the Global Interfaith Movement”, presented in the “Text and Context Symposium”, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University, April 10 – 11.
  • “The Environmental Crisis as a Spiritual Crisis: The Contribution of Contemporary Interreligious Exchange”, presented as an invited talk, Department of Humanities, York University, April 4.
  • “God, Dignity, and Human Rights: A Christian Perspective”, presented in the 9th Annual Panel on Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue, sponsored by the Jewish Community Havura, St. John’s and Area Council of Churches, the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, March 11.
  • “God, Dignity, and Human Rights”, invited radio interview, On the Go Show (Host Ted Blades), Station CBC (FM 98.1, St. John’s), March 11.
  • “Accomplishment and Responsibility: Two Hypostases of Jewish Personalism”, presented in the annual Philosophy Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University, January 21.
  • “The Philosophy of Personalism: The Eastern Orthodox Contribution”, presented as part of the Religious Studies Seminar Series, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University, October 23.

2013

  • “Introduction to World Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam”, presented as an invited three-day series of talks at Our Lady of Calvary Trappist Monastery, Rogersville, New Brunswick, July 25 – 27.
  • “The Phenomenological Method in the Study of Religion”, presented in the “Text and Context Symposium”, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University, April 11 – 12.
  • “Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion: Four Strategies of Response to Heidegger”, presented in the annual Philosophy Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University, January 29.
  • “Cultivating the Life of Divinity: The In-the-World Spirituality of the Sri Chinmoy Centres of Canada”, presented in the “State of the Consecrated Life in Contemporary Canada” Conference, Department of Theology, Concordia University, Montreal, 25 – 26 January, 2013.

2012

  • “Disimpropriation and Infused Virtue: The Question of Ethics in Michel Henry’s Phenomenology of Life”, presented in the annual Philosophy Colloquium, Department of Philosophy,Memorial University, January 24.

2011

  • “Deeper Than the Entrails is That Great Love!: Between Flesh and Icon in the Spiritual Sensuality of Teresa of Avila”, presented in annual Philosophy Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University, February 8.
  • “The Academic Study of Comparative Religion: From the 19th Century to Contemporary Trends”, presented as part of the Religious Studies Seminar Series, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University, January 26.

2010

  • “The Contemplation of God and Nature in Thomas Merton”, presented as an invited talk at Our Lady of Calvary Trappist Monastery, Rogersville, New Brunswick, December 21.
  • “A Sense of the Other: Intelligibility and Carnality in Levinas’ Ethics”, presented in “Polyphonic Thinking about the Divine”, Symposium of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, November 12 – 13.
  • “Human Rights, Human Dignity, and the Problem of Reification”, presented as part of the Graduate Program in Humanities (M.Phil.) seminars series, Department of Humanities, Memorial University, March 9.
  • “Encounter, Imagination, and the Messianic in the Thought of Martin Buber”, presented in the annual Philosophy Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University, February 9.

2009

  • “Figures of the Self: Modern and Postmodern”, presented as part of the Graduate Program in Humanities (M.Phil.) seminars series, Department of Humanities, Memorial University, February 19.
  • “Breathing Beyond Being: The Burden and the Buoyancy of Levinas’ Infinite Responsibility”, presented in the annual Philosophy Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University, January 20.

2008

  • “Emmanuel Levinas: Ethics and Language”, presented as part of the Graduate Program in Humanities (M.Phil.) invited seminars series, Memorial University, October 7.
  • “C’est Moi le Principe et la Fin: The Mysterious Middle of Michel Henry’s (Christian) Phenomenology of Life”, presented in the annual Philosophy Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Memorial University, March 27.

2007

  • “Taking Steps for World Harmony: The World Harmony Run”, presented as an invited talk in the Faculty of Continuing Education, McGill University, April 27.

2006

  • “Given Life: The Phenomenology of Michel Henry”, Doktorklub Lecture, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, November 30.
  • “The Integral Philosophy of Sri Chinmoy: Towards World Transformation”, presented at the World's Religions After 9/11 Global Congress, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, September 11 – 15.
  • “The City that is God: The Revelation of Infinite Flesh in the Phenomenology of Michel Henry”, presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, May 28 – 31.

2005

  • “Birth of a Story-Teller: The ‘Encountenance’ of the Icon in the Phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion”, presented at the American Academy of Religion, Eastern International Region, May 6 – 7.
  • “Wrestling the Invisible: Enfleshing Givenness in the Phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion”, presented at the Concordia Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, February 3.

2004

  • “A Messianism of Maturity: The Question of Universality in Levinasian Ethics”, presented at the American Academy of Religion, Eastern International Region, April 30 – May 1.
  • “The Givenness of ‘Me’: The Problem of Appropriation in Michel Henry’s Phenomenology of Life”, presented at the Fordham University Graduate Philosophy Conference, March 5 – 6.


Recent Funding and Awards

  • 2012 – Nomination: Memorial University of Newfoundland President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching (Lecturers and Contractual Faculty)
  • 2006 – 2007 Academic Year: Bourse de doctorat en recherche. Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC)
  • 2005 – 2006 Academic Year: J.W. McConnell McGill Major Fellowship. McGill University
  • 2004 – 2005 Academic Year: Birks Fellowship. Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University

 

Contact

Department of Religious Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000