David James Stewart is an American philosopher, theologian, and amateur baseballer.
Born in Minneapolis, MN, Stewart is Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Catherine University. He earned a Ph.D. in theology from Luther Seminary, where he was trained in Western and continental traditions. His areas of expertise are philosophical theology, the intersection of science and religion, and outlandish Game of Thrones theories.
Stewart is currently finishing his first book, The Truly Infinite Universe, which explores the implications of a cooperative reading between G. W. F. Hegel’s speculative philosophy and Stephen Hawking’s quantum cosmology. By developing a novel conception of Hegel’s “true infinitude” in conjunction with an equally unique approach to his metaphysics, this transdisciplinary project essentially answers the question of whether the universe is open (i.e., infinite in extent) or self-enclosed (i.e., finite in volume), and then proceeds to explore what this could mean for theology, subjectivity, and spirituality.
Past work includes publications on the thought of Carl Jung, Michael Polanyi, and David Brown. Current research interests involve the question of the origins of self-conscious subjectivity, the neurophysiological basis of “dialectical” thinking, non-instrumentalist Copenhagen interpretations of quantum mechanics, Basarab Nicolescu’s notion of “transdisciplinarity,” and how all of this opens up new ways of thinking about Hegel’s speculative idealism and Naturphilosophie.
When not teaching, reading, or writing, Stewart roams the outfield for the New Market Muskies, a local amateur baseball team. He also manages a fall-ball team for the Minnesota Mash, a private baseball academy. Formerly the Resident Theologian at Awaken Community, he is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Hegel Society of America, the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, and the Polanyi Society.