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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

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.

    Publication: 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.

    Publication: 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).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  4. Published

    Vertrauen und Versuchung

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

    Publication: 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).

    Publication: 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.

    Publication: 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).

    Publication: 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, Ch. 23, p. 440-463 24 p.

    Publication: 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

    Publication: 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

    Publication: ResearchBook chapter

  11. Published

    Imago Dei - References to the Invisible

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

    Publication: 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

    Publication: 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

    Publication: 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

    Publication: 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

    Publication: 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.

    Publication: 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.

    Publication: 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).

    Publication: 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: Rodopi, p. 167-186

    Publication: 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.

    Publication: ResearchJournal article

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