Kilsby Family/John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor of Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology,
Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University,
Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies, and Executive Director of the Whitehead Research Project

Upcoming Lectures:

Past Lectures:

  • "Religious Pluralism and the Unity of Religions" (May 2017, Irfan Colloquium, Santa Cruz, CA)
  • "The Paradox of Peace and the Pluralism of Value" (8th International Conference of WRP, Claremont, December 2016) [conference website]
  • "Bahá'u'lláh and the Luminous Mind: An Interreligious Exercise in Non-Dual Thinking" (May 2015, Irfan Colloquium, Santa Cruz, CA)
  • "Uniting Earth to the Blue of Heaven Above: Strange Attractors in Whitehead's Symbolism" (7th International Conference of WRP, Claremont, December 2014) [conference website]
  • "Luminous Mind: A Baha'i Gloss on a Buddhist Puzzle" (AAR, San Diego, November 2014)
  • "Process, Progress, Excess: Whitehead and the Peace of Society" (September 2013, 9th International Whitehead Conference, Krakow, Poland)
  • "Laozi and the Baha'i Faith" (June 1, 2013, 110th Irfan Colloquim, Santa Cruz, CA) [conference website]
  • "Religion, Revelation and Peace: Approximations between A. N. Whitehead and the Baha'i Faith" (May 31, 2013, 110th Irfan Colloquim, Santa Cruz, CA) [conference website]
  • "The Dao of Baha: Laozi and the Baha'i Faith" (May 18, 2012, 109th Irfan Colloquium, Santa Cruz, CA) [conference website]
  • "'Must 'religion' always remain as a synonym for 'hatred'?' Whiteheadian Meditations on the Future of Togetherness" (February 22, 2012, Conviviality in a Multireligious Community Conference, Claremont, CA)
  • "Whitehead: The Next Generation" (December 1, 2011, Whitehead: The Next Generation, Fifth International Conference of the Whitehead Research Project, Claremont, CA) [conference website]
  • "Three Hundred Years of Whitehead: Halfway" (February 17, 2011, keynote address, delivered at a symposium at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC) [webcast | conference website]
  • "Touch: A Philosophic Meditation" (December 3, 2010, Metaphysics and Things: New Forms of Speculative Thought, Fourth International Conference of the Whitehead Research Project, Claremont, CA) [conference website]
  • "Theopoetic Justice: Towards an Ecology of Living Together" (April 22, 2010, inaugural lecture as Kilsby Family/John B. Cobb Professor of Process Studies, given in conjunction with the Theopoetics and the Divine Manifold Conference, Claremont, CA) [conference website]
  • "Khora and Violence: Revisiting Butler with Whitehead" (December 3, 2009, Becomings, Misplacements, Departures: Butler and Whitehead as Catalysts for Contemporary Thought, Third International Conference of the Whitehead Research Project, Claremont, CA) [conference website]
  • "Becoming Intermezzo: Eco-Theopoetics After the Anthropic Principle" (October 26, 2009, Eco-Sophia Lecture, Sophia University, Tokyo)
  • "Organic or Orgiastic Metaphysics? Reflections on Whitehead's Reception in Contemporary Poststructualism" (October 24, 2009, Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Process Studies, Chuo University, Tokyo)
  • "The Sense of Peace: A Para-Doxology of Divine Multiplicity" (October 2, 2009, Polydoxy: Theologies of the Manifold, A Colloquium at Drew University)
  • The Passion of God: Reverse Synthesis, presented as part of "A Double Lecture on Aquinas and Whitehead" with Anselm Min (September 16, 2009, CGU).
  • "Immanence and Incompleteness: Whitehead's Late Metaphysics" (December 5, 2008, Beyond Metaphysics? Transcontinental Explorations in Alfred North Whitehead's Late Thought, Second International Conference of the Whitehead Research Project, Claremont, CA) [view/download paper | conference website]
  • "Theopoiesis and Theoplicity," Lecture at Drew University (November 18, 2008, New Jersey).
  • …and the world, the universe, is itself the Open”—Contours of Deleuze’s Resistance to the Logic of the One, Keynote at Deleuze2008: "Deleuze in the Open" in Stavanger, Norway, on the occasion the European Capital of Culture in 2008 (Norway, November 2008).
  • "Difference, Death, and Divinity: Towards a Poststructuralist Mystagogy of Becoming," at The Society for the Study of Difference at its fourth annual panel session in conjunction with the annual conference of The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (Pittsburgh, October 2008).
  • "Space, Time and Deity: Considerations on Theological Presuppositions of Inquiry," at NeuroSpirituality: Transforming the Embodied Mind (Claremont School of Theology, October 2008). [view/download lecture | conference website]
  • "In Fearlessness of Revision—Whitehead on Religion and Society" (February 2008, Opening Remarks to the Conference Legacy & Lure of John Cobb)
  • "“Amid a Democracy of Fellow Creatures” — Onto/Politics and the Problem of Slavery in Whitehead and Deleuze" (December 7, 2007, Event & Decision: Ontology & Politics in Badiou, Deleuze and Whitehead, First International Conference of the Whitehead Research Project, Claremont, CA) [conference website]
  • Forgotten Among the Lillis: Mother Theresa’s Experience of Eternal Abandonment (Lecture and Panelist on The Absence and Presence of God—Four Commentaries on Mother Theresa’s Dark Night of the Soul, October 2007, CGU)
  • Un-Possessing God — (CST Board/Faculty lecture on Theological Excellence, February 2007)
  • Sounding the Depth of Things”?—The Love of Multiplicity in Catholic, Process, and Poststructuralist God-Talk (Chicago Divinity School, January, 2007)
  • Eternity—On D. Z. Philips’ Last Lecture (Claremont Graduate University, November 2006)
  • On In/Finite Becoming: Philosophic Considerations on Whitehead’s Many Multiple Worlds (Claremont, Cosmology Conference of the CPS, October 2006)
  • Bodies of the Void: Polyphilia and Theoplicity (Conference on “Apophatic Bodies”, Drew University, New Jersey, September 2006)
  • Panentheism or Trans-Pantheism? The Process of Trans-Unification in Teilhard and Whitehead (Salzburg, Austria, July 2006)
  • Surrationality: A More Deleuzeian View of Whitehead (Salzburg, Austria, July 2006)
  • Whitehead and 'First' Philosophy (Claremont Graduate University, April 2006)
  • Theopoetics, Polyphilia, and Theoplicity (Claremont School of Theology, March 2006)
  • Process Theology as Theopoetics (Claremont School of Theology, February 2006)
  • "O bitches of impossibility!"--Programmatic Dysfunction in the Chasomos of Deleuze and Whitehead (Flemish Academy of Sciences, Brusseles, Mai 2005)
  • In the Wake of False Unifications: Whitehead's Creative Resistance against Imperialist Theologies (Claremont School of Theology, Los Angeles, March 2005)
  • God in the Making. Religious Experience and Cosmology in Whitehead's Religion in the Making in Theological Perspective (Saint-Jean Priorat, San Jodard, France, January 2005)
  • Whitehead at Infinite Speed: System as Event in Historical Perspective (Claremont School of Theology, Los Angeles, March 2003)
  • God’s Love without God? The Non-Difference of God as Mystical Solution of Feuerbach’s Antinomy of Love (American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, November 2001)
  • Creation as Differentiation: Toward a Third Space-Concept of Creation as “Self-Differentiating In/Difference” in Dialogue with Mystical and Process Theology (Drew University, New Jersey, September 2001)
  • Toward a Hermeneutics of the Unique (Chapman University, Orange County, Kalifornien 2000)
  • The Two Times Theorem. Structures of Quantum Indeterminacy and the Ecological Entanglement of Physics, Philosophy, and Theology (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australien, September 1999)
  • "The Infinite Movement of Evanescence" - A Relativist Analysis of the Pythagorean Puzzle in Deleuze, Whitehead, and Plato (Memorial University, St. John's, Kanada 1999; Los Angeles, Kalifornien 2000)
  • De-Ontologizing God: Levinas, Deleuze, and Whitehead (Claremont School of Theology, Los Angeles 1998)
  • On the Unique Origin of Revelation, Religious Intuition and Theology (Claremont School of Theology, Los Angeles 1998)

Vienna Lectures:

  • Transkulturation. Dogmatische Überlegungen zum "Wesen des Christentums" im Fluss(University of Vienna)
  • Zeit der Quanten, Zeit des Alls, Zeit Gottes (Raach 2000)
  • Zeit, Materie und Gott – Zur theologischen Relevanz physikalischer Kosmologie (Raach 1999)
  • „Zeit, Tod, Neuheit, Gedächtnis“ - Eschatologie, neu gelesen (Wien 1999)
  • „Ökologische Theologie“ - Zu neueren amerikanischen Entwürfen einer theologischen, schöpfungstheologischen und eschatologischen Ökologie (Wien, 1998)
  • „Kritische Prozesstheologie“ – Habilitationsvortrag (Wien 1998)