Associate Professor Matthew Del Nevo

Lecturer in Philosophy, Catholic Institute of Sydney
BA (AppSocSci)(Lancaster, 1980), BD (Sydney, 1991), GradDipRE (ACU, 2001), PhD (Sydney, 1996)

Associate Professor Matthew Del Nevo 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 at the Catholic Institute of Sydney. He is interested in art and literature and poetry and psychoanalysis, spirituality and wisdom traditions. Matthew has a background in Spirituality and was Head of Spirituality at the Broken Bay Institute under Bishop David Walker as well as Dean of Research there for seven years, before coming to the Catholic Institute in 2009.

Associate Professor Del Nevo is a graduate of the University of Sydney. He has a post-graduate degree in Divinity and did an Honours research year in the History and Thought of Christianity with a thesis in patristics, and focus in Eastern Orthodox theology. Matthew’s PhD was in the post-Holocaust writings of the Egyptian-born Jewish French-cultured poet Edmond Jabès, and investigated questions of the absence of God and the spiritual effect and meaning of an event such as the Holocaust for God’s chosen people. The breathtaking beauty and wisdom of Jabès writing showed the redemptive power of writing, and Matthew’s work investigated the poetics of this creative achievement. The philosophies of Heidegger, Blanchot, Derrida and Levinas went into this interpretative project, the best parts of which were published in Literature and Theology (Oxford) and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

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 has been involved in translation projects of the philosopher Max Picard with St. Augustine’s Press, and Lou Andrea’s-Salome the first Freudian female psychoanalyst with Transaction Publishers.

Areas of Interest

  • Contemporary Hermeneutics
  • Philosophical aesthetics
  • Philosophy of education
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Spirituality

Research Strengths

  • Christian Spirituality
  • Philosophy



2017 Finding Harmony
Wipf and Stock Eugene, Oregon USA, 2017
2014 The Metaphysics of Night: Recovering Soul, Renewing Humanism
New Brunswick USA/London UK: Transaction Publishers, 2014
Milton Routledge Ann Arbor, Michigan ProQuest, 2014
2013 Art Music. Love, Listening and Soulfulness
New Brunswick USA/London UK: Transaction Publishers, 2013
2015 Flight From God
Max Picard, Flight From God, Eds. Brendan Sweetman and Matthew Del Nevo, South Bend IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2015

Book Chapters and Refereed Articles

2012 Love in the Christian Period
In Love in the Religions of the World, ed. W. Cristaudo. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012
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
2014 Pussy Riot at the Crossroads of Faith and Politics Today
Philosophy Study Vol 4 No 8 August 2014, pgs 568 - 573

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