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Dr. Adam Barkman

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Chair of the Department of Philosophy

Phone: 9056482139 Ext:4226

Email: abarkman@redeemer.ca

Office: 128E


Ph.D. (2009), Philosophy, Free University of Amsterdam
M.A. (2002), English Literature, University of Toronto
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (2002), Cambridge University
Honours B.A. (2001), Philosophy and English Literature, Simon Fraser University


  • The Story of Philosophy (PHL-121)
  • Logic (PHL-122)
  • Faith and Philosophy (PHL-210)
  • Asian Philosophy (PHL-220)
  • Ancient Philosophy (PHL-222)
  • Epistemology (PHL-245)
  • Philosophy of Science (PHL-314)
  • Social Philosophy (PHL-343)


Adam Barkman (PhD, Free University of Amsterdam) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Redeemer University College. He is the author and editor of ten books, most recently A Critical Companion to Tim Burton (Lexington, 2017) and Making Sense of Islamic Art & Architecture (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Barkman is internationally-recognized for his work on the philosophy of C. S. Lewis, world religions and philosophies, and aesthetics (the philosophy of film). Like Tennyson’s Ulysses, Barkman is passionate about “following knowledge like a sinking star,” and spends a lot of his time reading, traveling and questioning. But there is nothing he enjoys more than spending time with his wife and five children.

Research Interests

Selected Publications


Barkman, Adam, and Robert Arp. Downton Abbey and Philosophy. Chicago: Open Court, 2015.
Barkman, Adam. Making Sense of Islamic Art & Architecture. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015.
Barkman, Adam, Ashley Barkman, and Nancy Kang, ed. The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.
Barkman, Adam. Imitating the Saints: Christian Philosophy and Superhero Mythology. Hamden, CT: Winged Lion Press, 2013.
Barkman, Adam, Robert Arp, and James McRae, ed. The Philosophy of Ang Lee. Lexington, KT: University Press of Kentucky, 2013.
Barkman, Adam. Above All Things: Essays on Christian Ethics and Popular Culture. Hamden, CT: Winged Lion Press, 2012.
Barkman, Adam. Through Common Things: Philosophical Reflections on Global Popular Culture. Hamden, CT: Winged Lion Press, 2010.
Barkman, Adam, and Josef Steiff, eds. Manga and Philosophy. Popular Culture and Philosophy. Chicago: Open Court, 2010.
Barkman, Adam. C. S. Lewis and Philosophy as a Way of Life: A Comprehensive Historical Examination of His Philosophical Thoughts. Allentown, PA: Zossima Press, 2009.

Recent Chapters and Articles

Barkman, Adam. “From Contingency to Necessary Being: Revisiting and Revising Aquinas’s Third Way.” In Thomas Aquinas and Arguments for God’s Existence: Then and Now. Edited by Robert Arp. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2016.

Barkman, Adam and Travis Dyk. “(Im)Morality in Action: Marcus Aurelius and the Choice to Abuse.” In Philosophy and Breaking Bad. Edited by Kevin Decker, David Koepsell and Robert Arp. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.

Barkman, Adam. “Reply to Donald Williams.” C. S. Lewis’s Apologetics: For and Against. Edited by Gregory Bassham. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2015.

Barkman, Adam. “C. S. Lewis’s Theory of Spiritual Longing and The Idea of the Holy.” In The Ten Books That Most Influenced C. S. Lewis’s Vocation and Philosophy. Edited by David Werther. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2015.

Barkman, Adam. “Do We All Need to Get Shot in the Head? Regarding Henry, Nicholas Wolterstorff and Ethical Transformation.” In The Philosophy of J. J. Abrams. Edited by Robert Arp and Patricia Brace. Lexington, KT: University Press of Kentucky, 2013.

Barkman, Adam. “Anime, Manga and Christianity: A Comprehensive Analysis.” Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 9, no. 27 (Winter 2010): 25-45. This article won the journal’s prize for the best article in the field of cultural studies in 2010 (the award is given out only every two years).

Barkman, Adam. “A New Philosophy of Darkness.” Christian Scholar’s Review 39, no.3 (Spring 2010): 265-274.

Barkman, Adam. “‘Every Day I Hear the World Crying out for a Saviour’: A Lewisian Reading of theSuperman Saga.” Inklings-Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik 28 (2010): 62-75.

Barkman, Adam. “C. S. Lewis’ Aesthetics.” Sehnsucht 3, no. 1 (2009).

Barkman, Adam. “Platonic Eros, Ottonian Numinous and Spiritual Longing in Otaku Culture.” The Journal for the Renewal of Religion & Theology 5 (2009). Reprinted as “El Eros platónico, lo Numinoso Ottoniano y la nostalgia espiritual de la Cultura Otaku.” Culturas y Religion 3, no. 2 (October 2009): 324-335.

Barkman, Adam. “Was Epicurus a Buddhist? An Examination and Critique of the Theories of Negative Happiness in Buddha and Epicurus.” Ethica: An International Journal for Moral Philosophy 7, no. 2 (December 2008): 287-294. ISSN 1677-6954.

Editorial Boards

The Journal for the Renewal of Religion & Theology
The Journal of Regional Studies and Development