Curriculum Vitae

Academic Appointment:

Professor Emeritus
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington


B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles, 1960
M.A., English Literature, Columbia University, 1962
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 1965

Principal Administrative activities:

Chairman, Comparative Religion Program, 1973-85
College Council, College of Arts and Sciences, 1976-79, Spring 1987
Faculty Senate, 1984
Acting Chairman, Department of Romance Languages and Literature, 1985-86
Steering Committee, Comparative History of Ideas, 1978-2000.
Executive Committee, Ph.D. Program in Literary Theory, 1990-93
Executive Committee, Comparative Literature Department,1990-93
Chairman, European Studies Program, 1994-98
Associate Director, Jackson School of International Studies, 1997-2000
Board member and Executive Committee, Institute for Ecumenical Theological Studies, School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University, 2000-2008

Selected Courses taught at UW

RELIG 201 Introduction to World Religions: Western Traditions
RELIG 301 Religious Thought Since the Middle Ages
RELIG 327 Eastern Christian Traditions
RELIG 380 The Nature of Religion and Its Study
RELIG 428 Modern Christian Theology
RELIG 502 Religion In Comparative Perspective
RELIG 528 Christian Theology
RELIG 570/C LIT 502 Religion and Literature
EURO 301 Europe Today
EURO 491 Senior Seminar
SIS 302 Intercultural Relations
CLIT 440 The European Novel
CLIT 570 The Novel
CLIT 596 The Symbolist Movement


In Search of the Triune God: The Christian Paths of East and West (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2014).

Worldview and Mind: Religious Thought and Psychological Development (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009).

The Self Between: From Freud to the New Social Psychology of France (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1993)

Philosophers of Consciousness: Polanyi, Lonergan, Voegelin, Ricoeur, Girard, Kierkegaard (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988).

Eric Voegelin: Philosopher of History (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1981).

The Dark Dove: The Sacred and Secular in Modern Literature (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1975).

The Plays of Samuel Beckett (Seattle: University of Washington Press; London: Peter Owen, 1972).

Samuel Beckett: A Study of His Novels (Seattle: University of Washington Press; London: Peter Owen, 1970).


Jean-Michel Oughourlian, The Puppet of Desire: The Psychology of Hysteria, Possession, and Hypnosis, translated with an introduction by Eugene Webb (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1991).

Jean-Michel Oughourlian. The Genesis of Desire, translated by Eugene Webb (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2010).

Selected articles and essays:

“René Girard and the Symbolism of Religious Sacrifice,” in Vern Neufeld Redekop and Thomas Ryba, eds., René Girard and Creative Reconciliation (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2014)

"Eros and The Psychology of World Views." Anthropoetics, XII, 1 (Spring / Summer 2006). URL:

"Voegelin's Gnosticism Reconsidered," Political Science Reviewer, 34 (2005): 48-76.

"René Girard and the Symbolism of Religious Sacrifice." Anthropoetics, 11, no. 1 (Spring / Summer 2005). URL:

"Girard, Sacrifice, and Religious Symbolism." Journal of European Psychoanalysis, 14 (Winter-Spring, 2002): 59-79.

"Eric Voegelin and Literary Theory," in Politics, Order and History: Essays on the Work of Eric Voegelin, ed. Glenn Hughes, Stephen A. McKnight, and Geoffrey L. Price. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001.

"Reviving the openness in Islam." P-I Focus Section, Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Sunday, November 11, 2001.

"Le Désir philosophique," in Le Désir: Énergie et finalité, ed. Jean-Michel Oughourlian. Paris: L'Harmattan, 1999.

"Persuasion and the Problem of Polarizing Rhetoric." Voegelin Research News, 4, no. 4 (August 1998).

"Ernest Becker and the Psychology of Worldviews." Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 33, no. 1 (March 1998): 71-86.

Essay: "Eric Voegelin at the End of an Era: Differentiations of Consciousness and the Search for the Universal," in International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Eric Voegelin, ed. Stephen A. McKnight and Geoffrey L. Price. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 1997, pp. 159-188.

"Le Differenziazioni della coscienza." In La Scienza dell’ ordine: Saggi su Eric Voegelin, ed. Gian Franco Lami and Govanni Franchi. Rome: Antonio Pellicani Editore, 1997.

"Mimesis, Evolution, and Differentiation of Consciousness." Paragrana: Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie, 4, no. 2 (1995): 151-165.

"Objective and Existential Truth in Politics." Public Affairs Quarterly, 9 (no. 2, April, 1995), pp. 93-99.

"Epilogue: The Symbolism of Political Community." In Render Unto Caesar: The Religious Sphere in world Politics, edited by Sabrina Petra Ramet and Donald W. Treadgold (Washington, DC: American University Press, 1995), pp. 433-446.

"The Ambiguity of Political Community." Hellas, 5, 2 (Winter 1994): 52-61.

"Socrates, Modernism, and the Problem of a Genuine Postmodernism." In Plato and Postmodernism (Glenside, PA: The Aldine Press, 1994), pp. 29-39.

"The New Social Psychology of France: The Heritage of Jacques Lacan." Religion (1993) 23: 61-69.

"The New Social Psychology of France: The Girardian School." Religion (1993) 23: 255-63.

"The Epochal Particularism of Modernity." Gallatin Review 12 (no. 1, Winter 1992-93): 87-95.

"Socrates, Modernity, Postmodernism." Hellas, 3, 1 (Spring 1992): 27-41.

"Augustine's New Trinity: The Anxious Circle of Metaphor." In Innovation in Religious Traditions: Essays in the Interpretation of Religious Change, ed. Michael A. Williams, Collett Cox, and Martin S. Jaffee. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1992. Pp. 191-214.

"Religion, Modernity, and the Humanities," Religious Studies and Theology, 11, nos. 2 & 3 (1991): 18-35.

"Recent French Psychoanalytic Thought and the Psychology of Religion." Religious Studies and Theology, 8, nos. 1 & 2 (January, May, 1988): 31-44.

"The Ecumenical Significance of Lonergan's Theological Method." Ecumenical Trends, 17, no. 4 (April 1988): 49-52.

"Metaphysics or Existenzerhellung: A Comparison of Lonergan and Voegelin." Religious Studies and Theology, 7, nos. 2+3 (1987): 36-47.

"The Hermeneutic of Greek Trinitarianism: An Approach Through Intentionality Analysis." In Religion in Context, ed. Timothy P. Fallon and Philip Boo Riley. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1988.

"Politics and the Problem of a Philosophical Rhetoric in the Thought of Eric Voegelin," Journal of Politics, 48, 1 (1986): 260-273.

"The Alchemy of Man and the Alchemy of God: The Alchemist as Cultural Symbol in Modern Thought," Religion and Literature 17, 1 (Spring 1985): 47-60.

"Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) : Eulogy at Stanford Memorial Chapel." Sequoia, 29, no. 2 (1985): 96-98.

"The Pneumatology of Bernard Lonergan: A Byzantine Comparison," Religious Studies and Theology 5, 2 (1985): 13-23.

"Mesopotamian Religion," in Denise L.Carmody and John T. Carmody, Ways to the Center: An Introduction to World Religions, Second edition (Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth Publishing, 1984), pp. 199-205.

"Faith, Truth and Persuasion in the Thought of Eric Voegelin," in Voegelin and the Theologian: Ten Studies in Interpretation, Toronto Studies in Theology, Vol. 10, ed. John Kirby and William M. Thompson. (New York and Toronto: Edwin Mellen Press, 1983), pp. 356-69.

"Luther and Zen: Cultural Implications of Doctrines of Sudden Deliverance," in Michael A. Williams, ed., Charisma and Sacred Biography, Journal of the American Academy of Religion Thematic Studies, 48, 3 and 4 (1982): 69-86.

"The Spiritual Crisis of Modernity: Keynes, Beckett, Baudelaire." Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 62, 2 (Summer 1979): 131-143.

"Eric Voegelin's Theory of Revelation." The Thomist, 42, 1 (January 1978): 95-122. Reprinted in Eric Voegelin's Thought: A Critical Appraisal, ed. Ellis Sandoz. Durham: Duke University Press, 1982, pp. 157-78.

"Self and Cosmos: Religion as Strategy and Exploration in the Novels of E.M. Foster." Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 59, 2 (Summer 1976): 186-203.

"George Herbert and the Language of Disclosure." West Coast Review 10, 3 (February 1976): 44-46.

"Pozzo in Bloomsbury: A Possible Allusion in Beckett's Waiting for Godot." Journal of Modern Literature 5, 2 (April 1976): 326-331.

"Yukio Mishima's Cosmology." West Coast Review 10, l (June 1975): 48-53.

"The Religious Thought of W. H. Auden: The Ambiguity of the Sacred." Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 58, 4 (Winter 1974): 439-57.

"Hermine and the Problem of Harry's Failure in Hesse's Steppenwolf." Modern Fiction Studies 18, 7 (1971): 115-24.

"Criticism and the Creative Process." West Coast Review 2, 2 (Fall 1967): 13-20.