Conference, University of Cambridge, 2019

13-15 September, 2019

Babbage Lecture Theatre




Welcome & Panel 1: Rethinking Relations

• Giulio Maspero, A Trinitarian Ontology: the Relational Approach

• Piero Coda, Trinitarian Ontology: A Way to Rethink Thinking

• John Milbank, Most Entanglings: Time, Relation and Aporia in Trinitarian Ontology

Challenges in Phenomenology & Hermeneutics

• Jessica Frazier, The 'Three Persons' of Gadamer's New Trinitarian Ontology

• Emmanuel Falque, Trinitarian Kenosis and Limits of Phenomenology

• Judith Wolfe, Eschatological Being

Apophasis & Enganglement

• Olivier Boulnois, Towards a Trinitarian Negative Theology

• Simone Kotva, Trinitarian Ontology as the Key to Ecological Thinking

Modern Challenges & Medieval Possibilities

• Philipp W. Rosemann, Trinitarian Ontologies After Kant

• Martin Bieler, The Non-Subsistence of the Thomist Esse Commune in its Trinitarian Context

• Thomas Joseph White OP, The Crucifixion as a Manifestation of Trinitarian Love

Concluding Discussion | Andrew Davison, John Milbank, Thomas Joseph White, Judith Wolfe, and Olivier Boulnois


Welcome & Panel 1: Metaphysics: Being, Essence, & Truth

• John Betz, Being, Essence, Identity and Ecstasy: An Essay in Trinitarian Metaphysics

• Christophe Chalamet, The Return of Metaphysics: Is This The Way Forward?

• Rowan Williams, Knowledge and Relation: contemporary transformations of logos

Political and Ecological Ontology

• Ragnar Bergem, Political Ontology and the Common

• Michael Northcott, Trinity and Political Ecology

Light, Orthodoxy, & Sophiology

• Isidoros Katsos, The Threefold Light of the One Godhead: A Curious (Neo-)Pythagorean Background to the (Post-)Nicene Theology of Light

• Andrew Louth, Trinitarian Ontologies in St Maximos the Confessor and St John Damascene

• Barbara Hallensleben, Capita de Trinitate. The sophiological answer to “Trinitarian essentialism”

Pan(en)theism & Evolution

• Johannes Hoff, Ontology After the God Delusion of Modern Philosophy

• Celia Deane-Drummond, The Spirit of Wisdom: Sergius Bulgakov’s Sophianic Trinitarian Ontology in Dialogue with Contemporary Biology

Concluding Discussion | Douglas Hedley, Rowan Williams, Andrew Louth, Celia Deane-Drummond, and Barbara Hallensleben


Welcome & Panel 1: Modern Theology

• Boris Gunjević, Trinitarian Micro-ontology - Exercise in Foolishness

• King-Ho Leung, The Image of the Trinity and the Practice of Ontology

• Graham Ward, Living in God

Reception and Development of the Patristic Tradition

• Ilaria Ramelli, Origen Between Apophatic Theology & Trinitarian Ontology: Ousia, Hypostasis, & Legacy

• Jonathan Bieler, The Significance of Trinitarian Connotations in Bonaventure's Epistemology

• Mark Edwards, Thomas Torrance and the Patristic Tradition

Hegel, Augustine, & Balthasar

• Vittorio Hösle, From Augustine's to Hegel's theory of Trinity

• Michael Schulz, Trinitarian Ontology and Positivity of Being according to Gustav Siewerth and Hans Urs von Balthasar in discussion with G.W.F. Hegel

Trinity, Beauty, & Repetition

• David Bentley Hart, A Certain Gnostic Irony

• Isabelle Moulin, Repetition and Re-presentation. Reaching Eternity Through Beauty

• Catherine Pickstock, Rivalry, Sacrifice & the Trinity: A Study of the East Door Panels of the Florence Baptistery

Concluding Discussion | Janet Soskice, Graham Ward, David Bentley Hart, Isabelle Moulin, and Vittorio Hösle



Theologians once studied the question of being so as to study the far greater question of God. Modern ontology has often attempted to build a towering structure of being, but, by failing to secure its foundations, has evacuated being into nothing.

Yet if ontology cannot contain but rather points to God, then we may once more begin to investigate new approaches to metaphysics or ontology in imitation of the Trinity. We may witness today a great opportunity, one that is equally post-analytic and post-continental, to collaborate in the construction of new ontologies of the Trinity.