Christopher C. Rios


Christopher’s research lies at the intersection between systematic theology and contemporary phenomenology, with specialties in phenomenological aesthetics, the thought of twentieth-century philosopher Mikel Dufrenne, and the “theological turn” in French phenomenology. His dissertation, “Michel Henry, Jean-Luc Marion, and Mikel Dufrenne at the Limits of Theological Phenomenological Cosmology: A Constructive Proposal,” represents original work at this intersection as he creatively retrieves Dufrenne’s thought in the development of a phenomenology of revelation in which aesthetic experience plays a central role. Christopher’s formal training as an organist informs all aspects of his work, which he hopes can further reveal the significance of aesthetic experience for theology in a phenomenologically rigorous manner. He is a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow.