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Simon Maria Kopf joined King’s in 2019 as Research Assistant on a European Research Council Grant project titled, ‘Authority and Innovation in Early Franciscan Thought’ (c. 1220-45). Previously, he studied Theology, Philosophy and Science and Religion at the University of Innsbruck, Edinburgh and Oxford, where he undertook his doctoral research.

For further details, please see the project website:

“Karl Rahner on Science and Theology.” Philosophy and Theology 29:2 (2017), 313-339.

“A Problem for Dialogue: Can World‐Views be Rational?” New Blackfriars (forthcoming).

Recorded Lectures
“God’s Involvement in Creaturely Action: Physical Pre-motion, Aristotelian Premotion, or a Dimension of Creation-Conservation?” Aquinas Seminar, Blackfriars, University of Oxford, February 15th, 2018.

Research interests

  • Medieval Theology and Philosophy, including:
    Thomas Aquinas
    Franciscan thought

  • Fundamental and Dogmatic theology, including:
    Faith and Reason
    Science and Theology
    Providence and teleology
    Weltanschauung (World-Views)
    Transcendental thought
    Natural desire (desiderium naturale)