Faculty Bio

Dr. Timothy Harvie

Associate Professor,

Dr. Harvie teaches primarily philosophy and religious studies at St. Mary's University, but has also taught history and politics. His research has engaged a wide array of topics and intellectual figures, from Thomas Aquinas to the German political theologian, Jürgen Moltmann. He has written on the intersections of religion and philosophy with politics, economics, and ethics. More recently his work has focused on religion and philosophy, with ecology and animals alongside issues pertaining to the environmental crisis. The French phenomenologist, Maurice Merleau-Ponty has been his conversation partner in these endeavours.

He is passionate about teaching students, exposing them to a wider world of ideas and facilitating them becoming critically engaged citizens for the betterment of the community and world.

  • “Political Lament: Extinction, Grief, and Embodied Silence” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses (forthcoming)
  • “Laudato sí and Animal Well-Being: Food Ethics in a Throwaway Culture” co-authored with Matthew Eaton, Journal of Catholic Social Thought 17.2 (2020)
  • “Our Intertwined Animality: Forgoing Ultimacy for Intimacy in Dialogue with Eschatology and Science” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 49.1 (2020)
  • “A Politics of Connected Flesh: Public Theology, Ecology, and Merleau-Ponty” International Journal of Public Theology 13.4 (2019)
  • “Eschatological Communion: Human and Nonhuman Animals in Light of Evolution” Toronto Journal of Theology 34.1 (2018)
  • “Protest As Prayer: Paul Ricoeur and the Surplus of Political Meaning” International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 6.4 (2016)
  • “The Social Body: Thomas Aquinas on Economics and Human Embodiment” Heythrop Journal 56.3 (2015)
  • “Jürgen Moltmann and Catholic Theology: Disputes On The Intersections Of Ontology and Ethics” Heythrop Journal 55.3 (2014)
  • “Thomas Aquinas, Amartya Sen, and Critical Economic Discourse” Philosophy, Culture and Traditions 9 (2013)
  • “Resurrection and Spirit: Pannenberg’s Method in Two Doctrines” Canadian Theological Review 2.1 (2013)
  • “God As A Field Of Force: Personhood and Science in Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Pneumatology” Heythrop Journal 52.2 (2011)
  • “Living The Future: The Kingdom Of God In The Theologies of Jürgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg” International Journal of Systematic Theology, 10.2 (2008)
  • AUTHORED: Christian – Buddhist Conversations: Foundations for Dialogue co-authored with A.W. Barber (Calgary: Vogelstein Press, 2020)
  • Jürgen Moltmann’s Ethics of Hope: Eschatological Possibilities For Moral Action (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2009)
  • Reviewed in: Book Notes, Ethical Perspectives, Modern Believing,Theologische Literaturzeitung, Studies in Christian Ethics, Political Theology, and International Journal of Public Theology
  • EDITED: Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically With a More-Than-Human World co-edited with Trevor Bechtel and Matthew Eaton (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018)
  • Reviewed in: Reading Religion, The Conrad Grebel Review, and Teologinen Aikakauskirja
  • BOOK CHAPTERS: “Growth Is an Idol in a Throwaway Culture: Ecotheology Against Neutrality,” Integral Ecology for a More Sustainable World: Dialogues With Laudato Si, Dennis O’Hara, Matthew Eaton, and Michael Ross eds. (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019)
  • “Animals as Eschatology: Struggle, Communion, and the Relational Task of Theology,” Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically With a More-Than-Human World, Trevor Bechtel, Matthew Eaton, and Timothy Harvie eds. (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018)
  • “In God’s Country: Spatial Sacredness in U2” co-authored with Michael R. MacLeod, U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher, Scott Calhoun ed. (New York:Bloomsbury Press, 2018)
  • Dr. Harvie is drawn to myriad relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world, and exploring how our political and economic institutions impact the earth and its myriad inhabitants. He is also drawn to creative accounts of how religion and spirituality intersect with these and can be discussed creatively to find to ways of framing these relationships. To this end, his research explores the intersections of philosophy, theology, religion, alongside politics, economics, and science.