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Ingolf U. Dalferth (born 1948) is a philosopher of religion and theologian. His work is regarded as being on the methodological borderlines between analytic philosophy, hermeneutics and phenomenology, and he is a recognized expert in issues of contemporary philosophy, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of orientation.

Since 1998, Dalferth has served as the Director of the Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie at the University of Zürich, and since 2007 held the Danforth Chair in Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. He is the editor of the journal Theologische Literaturzeitung (Leipzig, Germany), book series Philosophy of Religion and Theology (Tübingen, Germany), and book series Claremont Studies in Religion.


Ingolf U. Dalferth studied theology, philosophy, and linguistics in Tübingen, Edinburgh, Vienna, and Cambridge. After receiving his doctorate and habilitation in theology at the University of Tübingen, he held various positions including inspector of the Tübinger Stift, lecturer in Durham, and professor in Tübingen, Uppsala and Frkfurt aM. Since 1995 he has been a professor of systematic theology, symbolism and philosophy of religion at the University of Zürich and since 2007 the Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. In 2005 and 2006 he was awarded honorary doctorates from the Universities of Uppsala and Copenhagen.


The primary research areas of Ingolf U. Dalferth include Christological, ecclesiological, and methodological issues in systematic theology, religion, philosophy (analytic philosophy of religion and phenomenology), semiotics and hermeneutics (theory of signs, language processes, forms of understanding) and ecumenism (Lutheranism and Anglicanism). His work also includes several functions within the Swiss and German church and the ecumenical movement.

Bibliography (Selection)[edit]

  • Umsonst. Eine Erinnerung an die kreative Passivität des Menschen, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2011.
  • Ingolf U. Dalferth/Karl Lehmann/Navid Kermani, Das Böse. Drei Annäherungen (ISBN 978-3-451-34057-4), Verlag Herder: Freiburg 2011, 120 S.
  • Radikale Theologie, Leipzig: EVA 2010.
  • Naturrecht in protestantischer Perspektive. Würzburger Vorträge zur Rechtsphilosophie, Rechtstheorie und Rechtssoziologie 38, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft 2008, 70 S. (ISBN 978-3-8329-3225-1)
  • Malum. Theologische Hermeneutik des Bösen, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2008, XV+ 593 S. (ISBN 978-3-16-149447-5).
  • Das Böse. Essay über die kulturelle Denkform des Unbegreiflichen, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2006.
  • Leiden und Böses. Vom schwierigen Umgang mit Widersinnigem, Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt 2006.
  • Becoming Present. An Inquiry into the Christian Sense of the Presence of God, Leuven/ Paris/ Dudley: Peeters 2006, IX + 291 S.
  • Evangelische Theologie als Interpretationspraxis. Eine systematische Orientierung, ThLZ.F.11/12, Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt 2004, 205 S. (ISBN 3-374-02120-4)
  • Die Wirklichkeit des Möglichen. Hermeneutische Religionsphilosophie, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2003, XV + 578 S. (ISBN 3-16-148100-3)

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