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Ragnar Misje Bergem

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:


Trinity Hall:
PhD Student

Research Interests

PhD working project title: 'The Trial of Reason: An essay in political theology'

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. 

Key interests:

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


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

A8 - Philosophy and Ethics

B8 - Introduction to Theology

B10 - God, Freedom and the Soul

C11 - Metaphysics

Other Professional Activities

I have co-organized 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

Book Review‘Philosophy, Theology and the Jesuit Tradition: The Eye of Love’, Anna Abram, Peter Gallagher and Michael Kirwan (eds), Vol. 25, Issue 2, (April 2018): 201-2.

Book Review: ‘Desire, Dialectic, and Otherness: An Essay on Origins’, by William Desmond. Reviews in Religion and Theology,Vol. 25, Issue 2, (April 2018): 257-259.

Article: 'The Logic of Representation in Political Rituals', International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, (Accepted for publication).

Article: 'On the Persistence of Genealogical in Contemporary Theology', Modern Theology, Vol 33, Issue 3, (July 2017): 435-452.

Article: 'Transgressions: Erich Przywara, G.W.F. Hegel and the Principle of Non-Contradiction', Forum Philosophicum, Vol 23, Issue 1, (Spring 2016): 11-27.

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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