About Me

Neal De Roo

Neal De Roo
Associate Professor of Philosophy/Andreas Center Fellow

Phone: (712) 722-6330


PhD Boston College (Philosophy, 2009)
MA Institute for Christian Studies (Philosophical Theology, 2005)
BA Calvin College (Philosophy, 2003)

Areas of Specialization

20th Century Continental (especially phenomenology and deconstruction), Philosophy of Religion, Reformational Philosophy


Futurity in Phenomenology: Promise and Method in Husserl, Levinas and Derrida (Fordham UP, 2013)



Other Recent Publications

"Phenomenological Insights into Oppression: Passive Synthesis and Personal Responsibility" Janus Head 13:1 [2013], 81-99.

"John D. Caputo" in Fifty Theological Thinkers: From Modern to Postmodern, eds. Staale Johannes Kristiansen and Svein Rise (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013), 735-744.

"Culture Regained: On the Impossibility and Meaninglessness of Culture in (some) Calvinist thought," Kuyper Center Review, volume 3 [2012], 1-22. (With response by Albert M. Wolters)

"Phenomenology as Eschatological Materialism," Arc: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University 39 [2012], 131-142.

"Revisiting the Zahavi - Brough/Sokolowski Debate," Husserl Studies 27: 1 [2011], 1-12. (With responses by Dan Zahavi and John B. Brough)

"Derrida and the Future(s) of Phenomenology," Derrida Today 4:1 [2011], 107-131.

"Re-Constituting Phenomenology: Continuity in Levinas' Accounts of Time and Ethics," Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review Vol.49 no. 2 [2010], 223-243

Co-Edited Books


Courses Taught

CORE 200    Introduction to Christian Philosophy

PHIL 303     History of Philosophy: Modern Philosophy

PHIL 304     History of Philosophy: Contemporary Philosophy

PHIL 343     Postmodernism and Calvinism [Special Topics]

Current Research Interests

I am currently working on "reformational" philosophy (especially Dooyeweerd) and its relation to the Reformed strand of Christianity, as well as possible insights it could offer into contemporary issues in Continental philosophy of religion, especially a theology of the 'event' (Caputo) and the possibility of religious materialism.