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Assoc. Prof. Richard Colledge Name: Assoc. Prof. Richard Colledge
Executive Dean of Theology and Philosophy
+617 3623 7569
+617 3623 7262
Organisational Area
Faculty of Theology & Philosophy
Faculty of Theology & Philosophy
St. Paul's Theological College(Bldg.213 - 1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo QLD 4014)-Level 1-Room1.07
Biographical Information

BA (UQ), Grad Dip Teach (ACU), Grad Dip Couns (QUT), MTh (BCT), MA Phil (KUL), PhD (UQ)

Richard Colledge is Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) in the Faculty of Theology & Philosophy. He is a past Head of the School of Philosophy. After a varied early career that included postgraduate studies in education, counselling psychology and theology, he completed a Licentiate (M.A.) in Philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), with a thesis on Søren Kierkegaard's metaphysics of the self, and a PhD through the University of Queensland in 2006 on Heidegger's alethiological understanding of being. He teaches broadly across various areas in contemporary philosophy and the history of philosophy. His research areas focus on phenomenology and hermeneutics, metaphysics, the philosophy of religion, metaphilosophy, and philosophical psychology.


Recent Publications

"From Mitsein to Volk: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Geschichtlichkeit Question in Heidegger". New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, forthcoming in Vol XXI, 2023.  

"Thomism and Contemporary Phenomenological Realism: Toward a Renewed Engagement.", American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. Vol. 95(3): 2021, 411-432.

"Heidegger on (In)finitude and the Greco-Latin Grammar of Being." Review of Metaphysics. Vol. 74(2), 2020: 289-319.

"Kin and Stranger: Kearney and Desmond on God." In Chris Doude van Troostwijk and Matthew Clemente (eds), Richard Kearney's Anatheistic Wager: Philosophy, Theology, Poetics, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2018, 125-141.  

"Faith, Philosophy and the Elemental." In J. Ozolins (ed). Religion and Culture in Dialogue: East and West Perspectives. Springer, 2016, 41-56.

Other Selected Publications

"Rethinking Disagreement: Philosophical Incommensurability and Meta-Philosophy." Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy. 18(2), 2014, 33-53.

"Gaudium et Spes and the Metaphysics of Christian Soteriology." In Anthropos in the Antipodes: Groundwork for a Theological Anthopology in the Twenty-first Century, eds. D. Kirchhoffer et al. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013: 47-67.

"Secular Spirituality and the Hermeneutics of Ontological Gratitude." Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics. 52(1), 2013: 27-43.

"Horror, Ecstasy, God: In Memoriam, John Updike." Ethics Education, 15(1), 2009: 42-60.

"On Ex(s)istere: Re-visiting the 'To-Be' - 'to-Exist' Debate." Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 82, 2008: 263-274.

"Kierkegaard's Subjective Ontology: A Metaphysics of the Existing Individual." International Philosophical Quarterly, 44(1), 2004: 5-22.

"Ernest Becker and Emmanuel Levinas: Some Surprising Convergences." In Denial and Death: the Legacy of Ernest Becker,  D. Liechty. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing, 2003: 175-185.



Many full text papers are available here:


Philosophy of Religion, Phenomenology, Metaphysics, Hermeneutics


Continental Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Interpreting evil, Religious language, Faith and reason, Metaphilosophy and rationality, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, Metaphysics in western philosophy: especially Aristotle, Aquinas, Scotus, Kierkegaard, Heidegger.


Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy, Ethics.

Professional Memberships
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (Advance HE)
  • Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (1999-). Past Chair 2018-2020 Past Secretary 2007-2009
  • American Catholic Philosophical Association (2001-).
  • Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association (2009-). 

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