Dr. Adam Barkman

Professor of Philosophy

Phone: (905) 648-2139   Ext:4226

Email: abarkman@redeemer.ca

Office: 128E

Programs: Philosophy


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 the author and editor of eleven books, most recently A Critical Companion to James Cameron (Lexington, 2018) 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

  • Aesthetics (especially theories of mythology, inter-religious aesthetics, philosophy of film)
  • Ethics and social philosophy (especially theories of justice, gender issues)
  • Philosophies of world religions (especially East Asian, Islamic, Christian)
  • Philosophy as a way of life (especially ancient Greece and China)

Selected Publications


Barkman, Adam and Antonio Sanna, ed. A Critical Companion to James Cameron. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018 (forthcoming).

Barkman, Adam and Antonio Sanna, ed. A Critical Companion to Tim Burton. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.

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 and Enzo Guerra. “Aristotle, Avicenna and Aquinas on Forgiveness.” In The Philosophy of Forgiveness, Vol. 3, Forgiveness in World Religions, edited by Greg L. Bock, 97-108. Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2018.

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.