Paul Robertson

LECTURER
Phone: (603) 862-0589
Office: Classics, Humanities, & Italian Studies, Murkland Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Paul Robertson

Paul Robertson is a lecturer in the Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies at the University of New Hampshire. He is a specialist in ancient Mediterranean religion and philosophy, the history of western thought and the theory of religion that looks to answer what religion is and why it exists. He particularly focuses on the origins of big ideas in western thought, tracing the diverse and formative influences on our current understandings of morality, justice, virtue, health and spirituality. Recently, he has been working in the cognitive science of religion, which investigates the human brain's biological evolution in order to better understand religious beliefs and practices across cultures. His publications include books and articles connecting these interests, supported with grants and fellowships ranging from community groups interested in religious literacy and narrative medicine to research centers at Harvard University and Washington, DC.

Education

  • Ph.D., Brown University
  • B.A., Reed College

Research Interests

  • Ancient/Medieval Philosophy
  • Classical Studies
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Comparative Religion
  • Early Christianity
  • Language and/or Literature, Classical/Ancient
  • Late Antiquity Byzantium
  • Late Antiquity Syriac
  • Religious Studies
  • Taxonomy
  • Theory of religion

Courses Taught

  • CLAS 401: Classical Mythology
  • CLAS 520: Hon/Ancient Views of Good LIfe
  • GREK 503: Intermediate Classical Greek I
  • GREK 504: Intermediate ClassicalGreek II
  • HHS 698: Spec Top/Intro to Running
  • HUMA 401: Introduction to Humanities
  • HUMA 526: Humanities and Science
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Classics
  • LS 845: Special Topics

Selected Publications

Robertson, P., & GhaneaBassiri, K. (2019). All Religion is Inter-Religion: Essays in Honor of Steven M. Wasserstrom. Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/all-religion-is-inter-religion-9781350062214/

Robertson, P. (2018). The Polemic of Individualized Appellation in Late Antiquity. Studies in Late Antiquity, 2(2), 180-214. doi:10.1525/sla.2018.2.2.180

Robertson, P. M. (2017). Greco-Roman Ethical-Philosophical Influences in Bardaisan's "Book of the Laws of Countries". Vigiliae Christianae, 71(5), 511-540. Retrieved from http://unh.academia.edu/PaulRobertson

Robertson, P. (2016). Paul's Letters and Contemporary Greco-Roman Literature Theorizing a New Taxonomy.

Robertson, P. M. (2014). De-Spiritualizing Pneuma: Modernity, Religion, and Anachronism in the Study of Paul. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 26(4-5), 365-383.

Robertson, P. M. (2011). Toward an Understanding of Philo’s and Cicero’s Treatment of Sacrifice. The Studia Philonica Annual, 23, 41-67.

Robertson, P. (n.d.). The Cyclops and the Self: Changing Selfhood in Retellings of the Cyclops Myth across Western History. University of Michigan Press.

Robertson, P. (n.d.). Categorizing and Comparing Ancient Religions to Modern Groups: Teaching with Taxonomy Worksheets. Journal of Classics Teaching, 19(39). Retrieved from https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-classics-teaching