Dr. Neal DeRoo

Professor, Philosophy

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  • PhD, 2009, Boston College (Boston, MA)
  • MA, 2005, Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto, ON Canada)
  • BA, 2003, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI)


Neal DeRoo is the Canada Research Chair in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Religion at The King’s University. Before coming to King’s in 2016, he taught at Brock University and Dordt College and served as the Director of the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service.

He publishes and lectures worldwide on topics related to phenomenology, oppression theory, and philosophy of religion. He is currently working on a project that uses the concept of expression in phenomenology to show how everything we do in our lives is expressive of a deeper spirituality that shapes us and our society to the core.

Areas of specialization

  • 20th Century Continental Philosophy (Phenomenology)
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • The Amsterdam School (Reformational Philosophy)

Current research

Dr. DeRoo is working on the concept of expression in the phenomenological tradition (especially in the work of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze). He hopes to use this concept to develop phenomenological accounts of spirituality (drawing again on Husserl, and also on the work of Michel Henry) and religious materialism.


Futurity in Phenomenology: Promise and Method in Husserl, Levinas and Derrida,
New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.

Merleau-Ponty at the Limits of Art, Religion and Perception
edited by Neal DeRoo and Kascha Semonovitch (London: Continuum, 2010)

Cross and Khôra: Deconstruction and Christianity in the Work of John D. Caputo
edited by Marko Zlomislic and Neal DeRoo (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2009).

Phenomenology and Eschatology: Not Yet in the Now,
edited by Neal DeRoo and John Panteleimon Manoussakis (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009).

The Logic of Incarnation: James K.A. Smith’s Critique of Postmodern Religion,
edited by Neal DeRoo and Brian Lightbody (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2008).

Selected publications

“Spiritual Expression and the Promise of Phenomenology,” in The Subject(s) of Phenomenology: New Approaches to Husserl eds. Iulian Apostolescu, Verdran Grahovac, and Patrick Flack (Springer, forthcoming).

“Discerning the Spirit: The Task of Christian Philosophy,” in Christian Philosophy Revisited, edited by J. Aaron Simmons (forthcoming)

“The Meaning of Being is…Being as Meaning: The Phenomenological Underpinning of Dooyeweerd’s Thought,” in Phenomenology for the Twenty-First Century, eds. J. Aaron Simmons and James E. Hackett (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016)

“Facticity and Transcendence Across the Disciplines: Phenomenology and the Promise,” Schutzian Research 7 [2015], 89-103.

“Phenomenological Insights into Oppression: Passive Synthesis and Personal Responsibility,” Janus Head 13:2 [2013], 81-99.

“Revisiting the Zahavi - Brough/Sokolowski Debate,” Husserl Studies 27: 1 [2011], 1-12.-with response articles 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.

“A Positive Account of Protention and its Implications for Internal Time-Consciousness,” in Epistemology, Archaeology, Ethics: Current Investigations of Husserl’s Corpus, eds. Pol Vandevelde and Sebastian Luft (London: Continuum, 2010), 102-119.