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Ragnar Mogård Bergem

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:

College

Trinity Hall:
PhD Student

Research Interests

PhD working project title: 'Thinking Under the Guillotine: Hegel and the Trial of Reason'

Supervisors: Dr Rowan Williams; Dr Catherine Pickstock.

My research project traces a conflict between sovereignty and law in modern political reason through a reading of post-Kantian philosophy. Drawing on the work of G.W.F Hegel and the Catholic theologian Erich Przywara, I propose a different understanding of rational and political order. 

Key interests:

  • Political theology
  • G.W.F. Hegel
  • Erich Przywara
  • Giorgio Agamben
  • Philosophical conceptions of order
  • Paradoxes of sovereignty
  • Aporia and analogy
  • Gillian Rose

Teaching

Undergraduate supervision: I have done supervisions in the following papers.

A8 - Philosophy and Ethics

B8 - Introduction to Theology

Other Professional Activities

I co-organize the F.D. Maurice Society for philsophy of religion at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Past speakers have included Jeremy Morris, Keith Ward and Arif Ahmed.

I chaired the Noesis Graduate Seminar at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge in Lent and Michaelmas Terms 2015.

Key Publications

Paper: ‘Skepticism, Aporia and the City’  Thomistic Metaphysics and its Contemporary Critics conference, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, 1 June, 2016.

Book Review: ‘Eclipse of Grace: Divine and Human Action in Hegel’, by Nicholas Adams. Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol. 23, Issue 1, (January 2016): 14-16.

Paper: ‘Remembering History, Rethinking Thought: Approaches to Hegel in Modern Theology.’  Noesis Graduate Seminar, Faculty of Divinty, University of Cambridge, 5 June, 2015.

Paper: ‘Analogy and history: Erich Przywara, G.W.F. Hegel and the principle of non-contradiction.’  Ontology and History conference, Delphi, Greece, 29-31 May, 2015.

Essay: ‘The Cursed Rhythm of Work’. Noesis graduate review, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. Easter Term 2015. (This journal is not peer reviewed.)

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