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Kirk Essary

Kirk Essary is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Meanings Program of the Centre at UWA. He holds an MA in Classics (Texas Tech University, 2008), an MA in Religions of Western Antiquity (Florida State University, 2010), and a PhD in Religion (Florida State University, 2014). His first book, Erasmus and Calvin on the Foolishness of God: Reason and Emotion in the Christian Philosophy (University of Toronto Press, 2017), examines the role of Pauline folly in the conceptions of the “Christian philosophy” in the works of Erasmus and John Calvin, with an eye to Erasmus’ influence on the sixteenth-century Protestant exegetical tradition.

His research for the Centre focuses on conceptions of emotion in sixteenth-century religious thought and intellectual history. He works primarily on Erasmus and John Calvin, and analyses their understanding of the emotions in the larger context of the Renaissance and Reformation reception of classical, biblical, and patristic ideas. He is also interested in the role of emotion and affectivity in the history of rhetoric, in sermons and preaching manuals, and in the theological discourse of early modern biblical humanists.

Contact

kirk.essary@uwa.edu.au

Research

“More of the Heart than the Brain”: Impassioned Knowledge and the Christian Philosophy in the Renaissance and Reformation

Passions for Learning

Publications

Books

Essary, K. Erasmus and Calvin on the Foolishness of God: Reason and Emotion in the Christian Philosophy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.

Refereed Articles

“Enduring Erasmus: Reception and Emotion in Christian Humanism,” in Church History and Religious Culture 97 (2017), 322-333.

“Annotating the Affections: The Philology of Feeling in Erasmus’ New Testament Scholarship and Its Reception in Early Modern Dictionaries,” in Erasmus Studies 37:2 (2017), 193-216

‘Passions, Emotions, or Affections? On the Ambiguity of 16th-Century Terminology’. Emotion Review (available online now; in print 2018).

‘Clear as Mud: Metaphor, Emotion, and Meaning in Early Modern England’. English Studies 98.7 (online now, in print late 2017).

'Calm and Violent Passions: The Genealogy of a Distinction from Quintilian to Hume' (co-authored with Yasmin Haskell). In Erudition and the Republic of Letters (forthcoming) 

'Jewish Antiquity in the Sixteenth Century: Calvin’s Reception of Josephus'. Church History 86:3 (2017), 668-694

‘Fiery Heart and Fiery Tongue: Emotion in Erasmus’ Ecclesiastes’. Erasmus Studies 36:1 (2016): 5-35.

'“Milk for Babes": Erasmus and Calvin on the Problem of Christian Eloquence'. Reformation and Renaissance Review 16:3 (2014).

'Calvin’s Interpretation of Christ’s Agony at Gethsemane: An Erasmian Reading?'. Toronto Journal of Theology 29:1 (Spring, 2014).

'“We Languish in Obscurity": The Silence of God as Atavistic Calvinism in Cormac McCarthy’s Fiction'. Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 97:3 (2014).

'The Radical Humility of Christ in the 16th Century: Erasmus and Calvin on Philippians 2:6-7'.  The Scottish Journal of Theology 68:4 (November 2015): 398-420.