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Dr Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal

Dr Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Office Phone: 01223 767901


I took up my current appointment in September 2018. Before I worked as Research Associate to the Norris-Hulse Professor Sarah Coakley.

From 2009–2011, I served as Research and Teaching Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Department of Philosophy, Christian Albrechts University Kiel (CAU), Germany. I studied Philosophy, German Literature and Scandinavistic before finishing my doctorate in Philosophy at CAU in 2014 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 in 2012, I became fascinated by medieval mysticism and its repercussions in modern philosophy and theology. My current research investigates Kierkegaard's reception of Rheno-Flemish Mysticism, particularly the sermons of Johannes Tauler.

Subject area and speciality

Philosophy of Religion specialists:

Research Interests

Søren Kierkegaard, Vernacular Medieval Mysticism, Intellectual History, philosophical and theological approaches towards the Anthropocene, Literature & Philosophy/Theology


TRIPOS: B10 (God, Freedom and the Soul), B11 (Ethics and Faith: The Good), C11 (Metaphysics)

MPhil: Facing the Environmental Future: Theology in the Anthropocene (together with Dr Simone Kotva)

Other Professional Activities

I served as editorial secretary of the academic journal Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie, and I am 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 2015.



  • A Promise Kept, a Self Repeated? Reading Gjentagelsen with Ricœur. Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2017, 379-393.
  • Mirroring God. Reflections of Meister Eckhart’s Thought in Kierkegaard’s Authorship. Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2012, 3-24.
  • From "Weltanschauung" to "Livs-Anskuelse": Kierkegaard’s Existential Philosophy. Humana.Mente – Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (2011), 1-18.
  • Heibergs "Volk und Publikum". Die Menschenmenge und die Aufgabe des Intellektuellen. Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie 4.2 (2010), 359-368.
  • Die Bühne auf der Bühne. Kierkegaards Philosophie des Einzelnen als Kulturkritik göttlicher Provenienz. Psycho-Logik. Jahrbuch für Psychotherapie, Philosophie und Kultur 5 (2010), 202-217.

Chapters in Books

  • Sokrates im Anthropozän. Gedanken zum Menschenmöglichen im Ausgang von Blumenberg und Valéry, in: Paul Valéry: Für eine Epistemologie der Potentialität. Ed. by Pablo Valdivia Orozco and Andrea Allerkamp. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2017, 155–173.

  • 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 2015, 119-127.
  • 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.
  • Johannes Tauler, „On the Imago Dei and the Essential Conversions – a Translation of sermon V.56“ (together with Evan King), in Noesis 2, 2015, 90–100.

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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