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Dr Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal

Dr Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal

Research Associate to the Norris-Hulse Professor


Dr Becker-Lindenthal works on the intersection of Continental Philosophy, History of Ideas, Literary Studies, and Philosophy of Religion. Her research centres on the conceptualisation of the self across different traditions and considers various contexts and phenomena, like medieval sermons, online communities, and film.

From 2009-2011, Dr Becker-Lindenthal served as Research and Teaching Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Department of Philosophy, Christian Albrecht Universität Kiel (CAU), Germany. In 2014, she finished her doctorate in Philosophy at CAU with a work on Kierkegaard in the context of Young Hegelianism, analysing Kierkegaard’s concept of repetition and the emergence of a performative philosophy out of 19th century’s cultural and metaphysical crisis.

As visiting fellow at Harvard University, Dr Becker-Lindenthal became fascinated by medieval mysticism and its repercussions in modern philosophy. She currently analyses the conceptualization and visualization of self transformation in the works of Johannes Tauler, Jan van Ruusbroec, Meister Eckhart, and Kierkegaard.

Subject area and speciality

Philosophy of Religion specialists:

Research Interests

Kierkegaard, Vernacular Medieval Mysticism, Hegel, Young Hegelianism, German Idealism, Religious Language, Philosophy and Literature

Other Professional Activities

Dr Becker-Lindenthal has served as editorial secretary of the academic journal Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie, and she is a constituting member of the section Kulturphilosophie und Kulturtheorie of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (KGW).

Key Publications


Die Wiederholung der Philosophie. Kierkegaards Kulturkritik und ihre Folgen. De Gruyter (Kierkegaard Studies Monograph Series, Vol. 32): Berlin and Boston 201.


  • Mirroring God. Reflections of Meister Eckhart’s Thought in Kierkegaard’s Authorship, in: Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2012, 3-24.
  • From "Weltanschauung" to "Livs-Anskuelse": Kierkegaard’s Existential Philosophy, in: Humana.Mente – Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (2011), 1-18.
  • Heibergs "Volk und Publikum". Die Menschenmenge und die Aufgabe des Intellektuellen, in: Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie 4.2 (2010), 359-368.
  • Die Bühne auf der Bühne. Kierkegaards Philosophie des Einzelnen als Kulturkritik göttlicher Provenienz, in: Psycho-Logik. Jahrbuch für Psychotherapie, Philosophie und Kultur 5 (2010), 202-217.

Chapters in Books

  •  What the Soufflé Girl Could Teach Descartes: On Self-Illusion, Self-Creation, and an Insanely Free Will, in: More Doctor Who and Philosophy. Ed. by Courtland Lewis and Paula Smithka. Open Court Publishing (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series): Chicago. Forthcoming 2015.
  • Gadfly. Kierkegaard’s Relation to Socrates, in: Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception, Resources. Volume 16: Kierkegaard’s Literary Figures and Motifs. Ed. by Katalin Nun and Jon Stewart. Aldershot/Burlington: Ashgate 2014, 259-277.
  • Common Man, in: Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception, Resources. Volume 15: Kierkegaard’s Concepts. Ed. by Steven Emmanuel, William McDonald and Jon Stewart. Aldershot/Burlington: Ashgate 2014, 11-16.
  • Kulturkritik, in: Handbuch Kulturphilosophie. Ed. by Ralf Konersmann. Stuttgart: Metzler 2012, 46-53.


  • Johan Ludvig Heiberg: "Volk und Publikum", in: Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie 2010 (2), 349-358.

Other Publications

  • Students’ Impression Management in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): An Opportunity for Existential Learning?, in: Journal for Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) 11.4 (2015), 320-329.

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