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Dr Simone Kotva

Dr Simone Kotva

Research Fellow, Emmanuel College

Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Divinity

Office Phone: 1223762855


After receiving my Ph.D. in Divinity from Emmanuel College I spent the spring semester of 2016 teaching philosophy of religion and systematic theology at the Institute for Literature, Intellectual History and Religion at the University of Gothenburg. In Michaelmas 2016 I returned to Emmanuel College as a research fellow.

My first book, Effort and Grace: On the Spiritual Exercise of Philosophy (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), tackles the importance of Simone Weil’s concept of attention for critical theory and practice today, and situates it within the history of French reflexive or ‘spiritualist’ philosophy. I have also published widely on attention and environmental ethics, and am currently working, with Dr Alice Tarbuck, on a co-authored monograph addressing attention as a spiritual technology for the transformation of earth: Spellwork for a Damaged Planet: Magic and Ecology.

Research Interests

Philosophy of religion; Environmental ethics; Magic and the occult 


Undergraduate teaching

I supervise the following papers: A8 (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics), B10 (God, Freedom and the Soul), B11 (Ethics and Faith: The Good), C11 (Metaphysics)

Graduate teaching

Together with Dr Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal I teach the MPhil module Facing the Environmental Future: Theology in the Anthropocene. 

Reading groups

I run the Anthropocene Reading Group, a interdisciplinary reading group addressing urgent cultural and environmental concerns. Our theme this year is: MAGIC & ECOLOGY. The group is open to all students and staff. Please enquire to sak54 for further details and to sign up to the mailing list. 


Key Publications





Kotva, S. (2020) Effort and Grace: On the Spiritual Exercise of Philosophy. London: Bloomsbury.

Kotva, S. (2019) The Occult Mind of Simone Weil. Philosophical Investigations 43/1-2: 122-141

Kotva, S. (2019) The Line of Resistance: Ravaisson and Bergson. Journal of Religion and Literature 49/2: 228-239. 

Kotva S. (2019) 'Attention: Thomas A. Clark and Simone Weil', Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. 11(1). doi:

Kotva, S. (2018) Attention in the Anthropocene: On the Spiritual Exercises of Any Future Science. In Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life. Eds Adam Bobbette and Amy Donovan. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Kotva, S. (2018) One Question on Ritual and Religion. International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 79:3. 337-340.

Kotva. S. (2017) Sealanguage: Field Notes from the Anthropocene. PARSE Journal 6. 14-33

Kotva, S. and A. Tarbuck. (2017) The Non-Secular Pilgrimage: Walking and Looking in Ken Cockburn and Alec Finlay’s The Road North. Critical Survey 29. 33-52.

Kotva, S. (2016) The God of Effort: Henri Bergson and the Stoicism of Modernity. Modern Theology 32/3. 397-420.

Kotva, S. (2015) Gilles Deleuze, Simone Weil, and the Stoic Apprenticeship: Education as A Violent Training. Theory, Culture & Society 32/7-8. 101-121.


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