Kenneth J. Surin

Kenneth J. Surin

Professor Emeritus of Literature

External address: 
101F Science Building, Duke East Campus, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0670
(919) 684-4364

(Ph.D. Birmingham, England, 1977) is Professor of Literature and Professor of Religion and Critical Theory. He trained initially as an analytical philosopher. His teaching areas include anglophone literatures outside England, philosophy (both analytical and continental), critical theory, marxism, state theory, and international political economy.


  • Ph.D., University of Birmingham 1977
  • B.A., University of Reading (England) 1972

Surin, K. “Contemptus mundi and the disenchanted world: Bonhoeffer's "discipline of the secret" and adorno's "strategy of hibernation".” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 53, no. 3, Sept. 1985, pp. 383–410. Scopus, doi:10.1093/jaarel/LIII.3.383. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “Theistic Arguments and Rational Theism.” The International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion [Usa], vol. 16, 1984, pp. 128–38.

Surin, K. “Theistic arguments and rational theism.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, vol. 16, no. 2, Jan. 1984, pp. 123–38. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF00136571. Full Text

Surin, K. “Revelation, salvation, the uniqueness of christ and other religions.” Religious Studies, vol. 19, no. 3, Jan. 1983, pp. 323–43. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0034412500015274. Full Text

Surin, K. “Theodicy?.” Harvard Theological Review, vol. 76, no. 2, Jan. 1983, pp. 225–47. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0017816000001310. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “Atonement and Moral Apocalypticism.” New Blackfriars [Uk], vol. 64, 1983, pp. 323–35.

Surin, K. “The self-existence of god: Hartshorne and classical theism.” Sophia, vol. 21, no. 3, Oct. 1982, pp. 17–36. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02789813. Full Text

Surin, K. “Atonement and Christology.” Neue Zeitschrift Fur Systematische Theologie Und Religionsphilosophie, vol. 24, no. 1–3, Jan. 1982, pp. 131–49. Scopus, doi:10.1515/nzst.1982.24.1-3.131. Full Text

Surin, K. “The Impassibility of God and the Problem of Evil.” Scottish Journal of Theology, vol. 35, no. 2, Jan. 1982, pp. 97–115. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0036930600015696. Full Text

Surin, K. J. “The Self-existence of God.” Sophia [Australia], vol. 21, 1982, pp. 17–36.