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Ruby Guyatt


I am a second year PhD student in the philosophy of religion. The working title of my doctoral project is: 'Nothingness and its relation to silence and love in Søren Kierkegaard'.

I began my university education by reading Theology at King's College London (2011-14). I graduated with a First, winning the Mascall Prize for philosophical theology. I then completed the Philosophy of Religion MPhil here at Cambridge (2015-16). My MPhil dissertation on Kierkegaard and anxiety was awarded the Gregg Bury Prize for a distinguished dissertation in the philosophy of religion, and is now informing my doctoral project. I am funded by a Levy-Plumb PhD Studentship, administered by Christ's College. 

Previously, I held an Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the Cultural Institute, King's College London (2014), and worked at the National Theatre (2014-15). In 2015-16 I produced a series of podcasts to accompany 'Stations of the Cross: Art and Passion', an exhibition co-organised by the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme.

Subject area and speciality

Philosophy of Religion specialists:

Research Interests

Søren Kierkegaard

Desire and the philosophy of love

Sound and silence

Philosophy and literature, theology and the arts


Supervisor, A8:Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, 2017 - 

'How good is it to be good? Søren Kierkegaard and the teleological suspension of the ethical' - a Philosophy of Religion Masterclass, delivered as part of a Year 12 Study Day at Christ's College, Cambridge, April 2017

Other Professional Activities

Conference Papers and Talks

'Kierkegaard and the Ambiguity of Anxiety', Emerging Research Seminar Series, Christ's College, Cambridge, May 2017

'Rowan Williams and the possibilities of literature: self-knowledge and God-knowledge', International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, University of Glasgow, September 2016


Co-Editor, Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics, Vol. 5, 2018

Organiser, Graduate Symposium: 'Silence(s): Analyses & Articulations', Divinity Faculty, University of Cambridge, November 2017

Participant, 'The Good Life and the Good Society', a Learning Together course held at HMP Whitemoor, Cambridgeshire, January - March 2017

Organiser, Søren Kierkegaard reading group, Divinity Faculty, University of Cambridge, 2016-2017