Dr. Matthew Del Nevo

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Dr. Matthew Del Nevo
Associate Professor in Philosophy at Catholic Institute of Sydney



BA AppSocSci (Lanchester Poly UK), BD (Hons) (USyd, 1991) GradDipEd (ACU, 2001) PhD (USyd 1996)
BD Hons thesis title: An Anatomy of Comparative Spirituality: Common Ground in St. Augustine and the Eastern Fathers
BD Hons thesis title: Reading Edmond Jabes
[Edmond Jabes was an Egyptian-born poet writing in the memory of the Jewish Holocaust. His major work was Le Livre des questions in seven volumes (1963-1973)
Le Livre des ressemblances in three volumes (1978-1980) and Le Livre des limites in four volumes (1982-1987). Jabes died in Paris in 1991.]


Research Interests

Contemporary Hermeneutics, Philosophical aesthetics, Philosophy of education, Spirituality and Philosophical Theology.


Matthew teaches logic, philosophy of human person, philosophy of culture, from Kant to Postmodernism, philosophy of phychology, and generally speaking at the intersections of faith, formation and culture.

Matthew has research interests in Continental philosophy spanning Aesthetics, Music, Theology (Sophiology, Patristics, von Balthasar); Judaism (Bible, rabbinics, Zohar); Wisdom Traditions (Eastern, esoteric); Psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan); Feminism (Kristeva); Literature (poetics, late 19th early twentieth century French).

Matthew grew up in the UK  and worked in Jerusalem in his twenties, a city where East meets West and three world religions are centred. He also worked with Jean Vanier during this period.

Matthew has written a number of books on psychology and culture that pick up on a distinction, important in his work , between the soulfulness and soullessness . He has also written about Devout Humanism, the Catholic tradition from St Francis de Sales.

Matthew is involved in a translation project of the philosopher Max Picard with St. Augustine's Press, and a translation of Lou Andrea's-Salome the first Freudian female psychoanalyst with Transaction Publishers.  


Books Published / Contributed To

Finding Harmony : Wipf and Stock Eugene, Oregon USA, 2017.


Lou Andreas-SaloméSex and Religion: Two Texts of Early Feminine Psychoanalysis, trans. Maike Oergel, Kristine Jennings, intro. Matthew Del Nevo, Gary Winship (New Brunswick NJ, London: Transaction, 2015).

Lou - SexReligion

Max Picard, Flight From God, intro. Brendan Sweetman, Matthew Del Nevo, Foreword by Gabriel Marcel (South Bend IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2015).


The Metaphysics of Night. New Brunswick USA/London UK: Transaction, 2014.



Art Music. Love, Listening and Soulfulness. New Brunswick USA/London UK: Transaction, 2013.

 Art Music



The Erotic. Lou Andreas-Salome. Preface by Matthew Del Nevo. Introduction by Gary Winship. Translated by John Crisp. New Brunswick USA/London UK: Transaction, 2012.

 The Erotic


The Work of Enchantment. New Brunswick USA/London UK: Transaction, 2011.




The Valley Way of Soul. Sydney: St. Pauls, 2008




Philosophical Dilemmas, with Phil Washburn. Sheffield: International Society for Philosophers, 2009.




The Continental Community of Inquiry. Sheffield: International Society for Philosophers, 2002.




Chapters in books

2012, ‘Sergei Bulgakov’. ‘Nicolai Berdyaev’. ‘Joachim of Fiore’ in Encyclopedia of Christian Civilisation. 4 Vols. Edited by George Kurion. Oxford, New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

2012, ‘Love in the Christian Period’, in Love in the Religions of the World, ed. W. Cristaudo. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.

2012, Shestov and Gilson: Two Types of Faith and Reason, in From Faith in Reason to Reason in Faith: Transformations in Philosophical Theology from the 18th to 20th Centuries ed. Wayne Cristaudo et al. Washington: University Press of America

2011 Johannine Christianity and Secularisation, in Religion and Spirituality in a Postmodern Globe (Lambert Academic Publishing House).

2010 Living Toward the End of Time in Augustine's City of God, in St. Augustine: His Thought, Relevance and Legacy, ed. Wayne Cristaudo (Adelaide, ATF Press).

2009 Goethe, First Father of the Third Age of the Church in The Cross and the Star: The Post-Nietzschean Christian and Jewish Thought of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy and Franz Rosenzweig, ed. Wayne Cristaudo and Frances Huessy (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press).

2009, Spirituality in a Feminine Key, in Raising Women Leaders: perspectives on liberating women in Pentecostalism (with Robyn Wrigly-Carr). (Sydney: APS/SCD).

2007 ‘John Paul II: A Poetic Impulse' in John Paul II: Legacy and Witness (Sydney: St Pauls).

2006 "Rosenzweig" in Hodder Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Ethics (London: Hodder).

2004 "Philosophy is at the heart of good pedagogy", in On Education and the Ideal (Sydney: New Frontier).

2003, ‘On Spiritual Knowledge', in Esotericism and the Control of Knowledge, (Louvain: Peeters).

2000, ‘Edmond Jabès and the Question of Death', in Strange Fire: Reading the Hebrew Bible after the Holocaust (New York: SUNY).


Articles in refereed journals

2013, review: The Underground Church: Nonviolent Resistance to the Vatican Empire, by Kathleen Kautzer. Boston: Brill, 2012 in Journal of Sociology (Oxford Journals).

2011, The Kabbalistic Heart of Levinas, Culture, Theory and Critique. 54.

2011, Narcissus and Melancholy in Philosophy Pathways E- Journal, Issue 165.

2010, ‘Baudelaire’s Aesthetic’ in Sophia, 49/4.

2010, ‘The Enigma of Freud' in Philosophy Pathways E- Journal, Issue 155.

2010, ‘Lou Salomé and Rilke' in Philosophy Pathways E- Journal, Issue 151.

2009 ‘Lou Salomé and Nietzsche' in Philosophy Pathways E.Journal, Issue 148

2009, "Parameters of Pentecostal Aesthetics". CyberJournal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Research #18 Feb 2009.

2009, "Buber Invites Barth to a Dance - in Jerusalem..." ACU Ejournal of Theology, 13.

2008 ‘Pentecostalism and the Age of Interpretation'. Australasian Pentecostal Studies 11.

2008 ‘Melancholy and the Good Life', eOikonomia 3.

2008, "Rosenzweig the Three Ages of the Church" in INTER, The Romanian Review for Inter-Orthodox, Inter-Confessional and Inter-Religious Studies Vol II, nr. 1-2

2007 ‘Pentecostalism and the Three Ages of the Church' in Australasian Pentecostal Studies 10.

2007 ‘The New Catholic Modernists' in ACU Ejournal of Theology, 9.

2005 ‘The Need for Philosophy in Values Education' in Dialogue Australasia.

2005 ‘Man's Irreconcilable Freedom' Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, Conference Papers, Volume III: Metaphysics, Angelicum, Rome.

2003 ‘Michael Rosenak: Tree of Life, Tree of Knowledge: Conversations with Torah,' Australian Religion Studies Review, 16/1, 2003, 141-143.

2003 ‘On Morals and Universals', Australian Ejournal of Theology (AEJT) Vol.1

2002 ‘Le nom Derrida', Australian Ejournal of Theology Vol.2

2002 "Theology, Technology and Aesthetics", Phronema, Vol 17, 41-49.

2001 ‘Philosophy is Not a Technology', Critical and Creative Thinking, (March).

1999 ‘Rilke and Wallace Stevens: Theologians of the Poetic Imagination',

1998 ‘Blanchot's Amitié', The Philosopher Magazine, No.6, 43-44

1997 'Edmond Jabès and Kabbalism After God', Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 65/2, 403-442.

1996 'Edmond Jabès and The Book', Literature and Theology, 10/4, Oxford University Press, 301-336.

1995 'Reading Edmond Jabès', Literature and Theology, 2/4, Oxford University Press, 399-422.

1993 'Edmond Jabès, Jewish Destiny, & Deconstruction', Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 6/2, 37-52.

1992 'Imaginal Psychology's Disability, St. John of Damascus and the truth about Iconoclasm', Spring 53: A Journal of Archetype & Culture. U.S.A., 113-120.

[Both book reviews and non-refereed writings are not included above]


Professional Associations

Fellow, International Society for Philosophers (ISFP) - (London)

Society for Literature and Aesthetics (Sydney)

Associate, Critical Theory of Religion (Harvard)

Sydney Schubert Society (Board Member)

Australasian Consulting Philosophers (ACP)