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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'. My dissertation also engages with Shakespeare's King Lear, and with Alain Badiou's philosophical treatments of language, literature and love. My work is supervised by Professor Catherine Pickstock, and I am advised by Dr Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal. Together with Jonathan Platter, I co-edit Noesis, the Faculty's graduate journal for theology, philosophy, and poetics.

My PhD builds on my MPhil work on Kierkegaard and anxiety, for which the Divinity Faculty awarded me the Gregg Bury Prize for a distinguished dissertation in the philosophy of religion (2015-16). I am funded by a Levy-Plumb PhD Studentship, administered by Christ's College.

Before coming to Cambridge I read Theology at King's College London (2011-14), where I graduated with a First and won the Mascall Prize for philosophical theology. I then undertook research and editorial internships at the Cultural Institute, King's College London, and at White Cube, before working at the National Theatre for a year (2014-15). During my MPhil (2015-16), I produced a series of podcasts to accompany 'Stations of the Cross: Art and Passion', an exhibition curated by Prof. Aaron Rosen and co-organised by the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme. My interest in the arts informs my approach to philosophical theology and continental philosophy; I am especially interested in the relationship between literary form and philosophical content, and in the complexities of re-presenting.


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


Kierkegaard's Teleological Suspension of the Ethical - Access workshop for Year 12 students, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, January 2018

Supervisor, A8:Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, 2017 - 2018

'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


Chapters in edited volumes: 

  • (Forthcoming) Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal and Ruby Guyatt, 'Kierkegaard on existential kenosis and the power of the image: Practice in Christianity and Fear and Trembling', in (title TBC) (Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2018)

Published essays:

  • Ruby Guyatt, 'The Gift of Recognition: Learning Together at HMP Whitemoor', Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics, Vol. 4, 2017, pp. 112-119 

Conference Papers and Talks

  • 'Kierkegaard’s maieutic suffering: Anxiety as education in love', Suffering Diminishment and the Christian Life, University of Durham, January 2018
  • 'The Art of Silence: Reading Kierkegaard's Discourse on on the Birds of the Air and the Lily of the Field', Silence(s): Analyses & Articulations, Divinity Faculty, University of Cambridge, November 2017
  • '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
  • Co-organiser, Søren Kierkegaard reading group, Divinity Faculty, University of Cambridge, 2016-2017


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