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Claudia Welz

Claudia Welz

Professor with special responsibilities

Primary fields of research

  • Hermeneutics, ethics, and philosophy of religion
  • modern and post-Holocaust theology
  • Jewish philosophy of religion and German-Jewish literature
  • Philosophy of dialogue, philosophy of language
  • Theology of the Reformation and theological anthropology
  • Kierkegaard research
  • Theories of subjectivity, self-understanding, and personhood
  • German and French phenomenology
  • Philosophy of emotion, memory and trauma studies
  • Philosophy of psychology and psychiatry


Current research

Projects related to the founding of the interdisciplinary "Center for the Study of Jewish Thought in Modern Culture" (CJMC) in 2014, see

Book project 1: Vox peregrina: An Ethical, Theological, and Psycho(patho)logical Phenomenology of Listening (trilogy)

- Part 1: “Conscience, Self-Disclosure and Self-Deception: Emotion – Memory – Identity”

- Part 2: "Prayer, God’s Silence, and His ‘verbum externum’"

- Part 3: “Paradoxical Powers of Powerlessness: Trauma, Delusion, and Self-Surrender”

Book project 2: Freedom and Fallibility: From Luther to Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Levinas and Ricoeur


See: Primary research areas

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Humanity in God's Image: An Interdisciplinary Exploration

    Welz, C. 2016 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 320 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

  2. Published

    Ethics of In-Visibility: Imago Dei, Memory, and Human Dignity in Jewish and Christian Thought

    Welz, C. (ed.) 2015 Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

  3. Published

    Trust, Sociality, Selfhood

    Grøn, A. (ed.) & Welz, C. (ed.) 2010 Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. (Religion in Philosophy and Theology; No. 52).

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

  4. Published

    Vertrauen und Versuchung

    Welz, C. 2010 Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. (Religion in Philosophy and Theology; No. 51).

    Research output: ResearchDoctoral thesis

  5. Published

    Love's Transcendence and the Problem of Theodicy

    Welz, C. 2008 Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. 437 p. (Religion in philosophy and theology; No. 30).

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

  6. Published

    Resonating and Reflecting the Divine: The Notion of Revelation in Jewish Theology, Philosophy, and Poetry

    Welz, C. 2014 Revelation : (Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, Conference 2012). Dalferth, I. U. & Rodgers, M. C. (eds.). Mohr Siebeck, p. 141-183 43 p.

    Research output: ResearchBook chapter

  7. Published

    The Future of the Past: Memory, Forgetting, and Personal Identity

    Welz, C. 2013 Impossible Time : Past and Future in the Philosophy of Religion. Mjaaland, M. T., Houlind Rasmussen, U. & Stoellger, P. (eds.). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, p. 191-212 22 p. (Religion in Philosophy and Theology; No. 68).

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  8. Published

    Kierkegaard and Phenomenology

    Welz, C. 2013 The Oxford Handbook of Kierkegaard. Lippitt, J. & Pattison, G. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 440-463 24 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  9. Published

    Shame and the Hiding Self

    Welz, C. Aug 2011 In : Passions in Context: International Journal for the History and Theory of Emotions. nr. 2: Atrocities – Emotion – Self

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  10. Published

    The Self as Site of Conflicts: Guilt, Recognition, and Reconciliation

    Welz, C. 2011 Religion und Konfikt: Grundlagen und Fallanalysen. Dalferth, I. U. & Schulz, H. (eds.). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, p. 137-164

    Research output: ResearchBook chapter

  11. Published

    Imago Dei - References to the Invisible

    Welz, C. 2011 In : Studia Theologica. 65, 1, p. 74-91

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  12. Published

    Franz Rosenzweig: A Kindred Spirit in Alignment with Kierkegaard

    Welz, C. 2011 Kierkegaard and Existentialism (Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources 9). Stewart, J. (ed.). Burlington: Ashgate, p. 299-321

    Research output: ResearchBook chapter

  13. Published

    Puzzles of Self-Deception and Problems of Orientation: Kierkegaard and the Current Debate in the Philosophy of Psychology

    Welz, C. 2011 Kierkegaard Studies.Yearbook. Walter de Gruyter, p. 157-180

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  14. Published

    A Wandering Dog as the “Last Kantian in Nazi Germany”: Revisiting the Debate on Levinas’s Supposed Antinaturalistic Humanism

    Welz, C. 2011 Levinas Studies: An Annual Review, vol. 6. Bloechl, J. (ed.). Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, p. 65-88

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  15. Published

    Identity as Self-Transformation: Emotional Conflicts and their Metamorphosis in Memory

    Welz, C. 2010 In : Continental Philosophy Review. 43, 2, p. 267-285

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  16. Published

    Trust and Lament: Faith in the Face of Godforsakenness

    Welz, C. 2009 Evoking Lament: A Theological Discussion. Harasta, E. & Brock, B. (eds.). London / New York: T & T Clark, p. 118-135 18 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  17. Published

    God - A Phenomenon?: Theology as Semiotic Phenomenology of the Invisible

    Welz, C. 2008 In : Studia Theologica. 62, 1, p. 4-24 21 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  18. Published

    Keeping the Secret of Subjectivity: Kierkegaard and Levinas on Conscience, Love, and the Limits of Self-Understanding

    Welz, C. 2008 Despite Oneself: Subjectivity and its Secret in Kierkegaard and Levinas. Welz, C. & Verstrynge, K. (eds.). London: Turnshare, p. 153-225 72 p. (Philosophical series).

    Research output: ResearchBook chapter

  19. Published

    Reasons for Having No Reason to Defend God - Kant, Kierkegaard, Levinas and their Alternatives to Theodicy

    Welz, C. 2007 Wrestling with God and with Evil. Philosophical Reflections. Vroom, H. M. (ed.). Amsterdam/New York: Brill | Rodopi, p. 167-186

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  20. Published

    How to Comprehend Incomprehensible Love?: Kierkegaard Research and Philosophy of Emotion

    Welz, C. 2007 In : Kierkegaardiana. 24, 26 p.

    Research output: ResearchJournal article

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