Dr Blackhirst has over twenty years experience as a tutor, lecturer and supervisor across the Arts and Humanities disciplines. The focus of his teaching is in Religious Studies but he has also taught in the Philosophy, Literature, Art History and History disciplines.
Dr Blackhirst's doctoral dissertation was entitled 'Myth in the Timaeus: the Mythological Underpinnings of Plato's Cosmology'. The thesis explores the roots of Plato's cosmology and natural science in Greek mythology and in the religious cults of ancient Athens.
Dr Blackhirst has wide interests in the traditional Humanities disciplines as well as various occidental philosophical and religion traditions. His interests include:
Plato, Platonism, Pythagoreanism. The Hermetic sciences and traditional cosmologies. Alchemy.
The monotheist religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam. Early Christianity and Biblical texts. Religious art, architecture and iconography. The focus of Dr Blackhirst's research in these traditions has been the medieval Gospel of Barnabas.
Contemporary spirituality. New religious movements. Anthroposophy.