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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 published work is concerned with the tradition of philosophy as spiritual exercise and 'way of life'. My first book, Effort and Grace (forthcoming with Bloomsbury), uncovered the theological origins of the French 'way of life' phenomenon. My current project tackles the importance of spiritual exercise and practices of attention in environmental discourse, with particular reference to the Anthropocene.

I am currently part of the Templeton-funded After Science and Religion Project, and with Dr Alice Tarbuck am undertaking a long-term interdisciplinary collaboration between theology and the arts, The Anthropocene Collective.

Research Interests

Philosophy of religion
Environmental ethics


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. 

Other Professional Activities

I am on maternity leave until 23 May 2019. 

Key Publications

Kotva, S. (forthcoming 2018) The Line of Resistance: Ravaisson and Bergson. Journal of Religion and Literature.

Kotva, S. (forthcoming 2018) Attention: Thomas A. Clark and Simone Weil. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry.

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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