With David Fergusson (University of Edinburgh)

The notion of ‘providence’ as divine foresight and provision is present in Stoic and Platonist philosophy. Analogues can be found in other cultures. Adapted by the Christian religion as a central element in belief and piety, this concept of providence was later secularized in a variety of ways. I seek to explore the historical varieties of providentialism and to consider whether a chastened account can be appropriated by contemporary Christianity.