Aloysius, SJ
DPhil student
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Mark Aloysius is a Jesuit of the Malaysia-Singapore Region. He was born in Sibu, Sarawak in East Malaysia. After completing an undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering and then teaching as a Jesuit volunteer in a high school in East Timor, he joined the Society of Jesus in Singapore in 2002. 

He then worked on a Masters in Philosophy at the Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta, Indonesia, writing a dissertation on Henri Poincaré’s theory of conventionalism in relation to scientific theories of space supervised by Karlina Supelli. For two years, he did advocacy work for migrants and refugees through the Malacca-Johore Diocese Migrants Desk in West Malaysia. He continued graduate theological studies in the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and then in Heythrop College, London, where he graduated summa cum laude, obtaining an M.Th. and the STL degrees. At Heythrop, he wrote a dissertation on the question of desire in John of the Cross supervised by Edward Howells.

At present, he is pursuing a DPhil at Campion Hall and is writing a dissertation on desire and its political implications in Hannah Arendt and Augustine. He is supervised by Patrick Riordan and Graham Ward. He is also a member of the editorial board of the online journal Thinking Faith.


Published Articles:

“Masalah Etnisitas, Ras dan Bangsa: Suatu Pendekatan Cultural Studies (The Problem of Ethnicity, Race and Nation)” in Sutrisno, Mudji et. al. (ed.) Cultural Studies: Tantangan Bagi Teori-Teori Besar Kebudayaan (Challenges to Theories of Culture), (Depok, Indonesia: Koekoesan, 2007), pp. 131-48.  

“Evil and Totalitarianism: A Study of Augustine, Kant & Arendt” Jurnal Driyarkara, no. 29-1 (2007)pp. 115-129. 

“Hospitality for Refugee Children” Catholic Asian News, (2008).

“Apakah Kosmologi itu Sains?: Implikasi Metodologis, Epistemik dan Ontik Teori Big Bang dan Teori Steady State (Is Cosmology a Science?: Methological, Epistemic and Ontic Implications of the Big Bang and Steady State Theory)”, Jurnal Driyarkara, no. 33-1, (2012), pp. 78-79.

“What is love? Hannah Arendt and the Amor Mundi”, Thinking Faith, (February 2018)

“Encountering the self in space”, Thinking Faith, (July 2019),


Conference Presentations:

“Between Remembering and Forgetting: Memory and Desire in Blade Runner 2049”, Presentation at the Graduate Student Conference Theological Tropes in Contemporary Culture, Oxford. (May 2018)

“An Epistemology for a Theology from Below: Hannah Arendt and Augustine on Thinking”, Presentation at the Graduate Student Conference Theology from Below, Stellenbosh, South Africa. (April 2019)

“A Mystagogy for Politics: Hannah Arendt’s reading of Augustine”, Presentation at the LEST XII Conference Theos & Polis: Political Theology as Discernment, KU Leuven. (October 2019)