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Ruby Guyatt

Biography:

I recently defended my doctoral thesis, 'Graceful Nothings: The Art of Beginning in Søren Kierkegaard's Theological Anthropology', which I completed as a Levy-Plumb doctoral student at Christ's College and the Faculty of Divinity. My thesis clarifies the relationship between ancient Greek philosophy, modern Christian thought, and 19th Century European romanticisms, with particular attention to the work of Søren Kierkegaard. 

My approach to philosophical theology is lived and literary; I am interested in affects such as anxiety, anger and hope, and in the performativity of written and visual texts.

My research interests fall into three related areas:

  • Kierkegaard, particularly: the kenotic elements of his theological anthropology, his understanding of the good, his relation to Plato and Aristotle, his theological account of narrativity and the imagination

  • philosophy of education, specifically: questions of literacy, and of the relationship between narrative understanding and self-understanding

  • ecology: the role of philosophy and theology in the ecological crisis, the affectivity of Christian and secular environmental activism, emotional and imaginative ecological responses

My PhD builds on my MPhil (2015-16) work on Kierkegaard and anxiety, which I also undertook here, and for which the Divinity Faculty awarded me the Gregg Bury Prize for a distinguished dissertation in the philosophy of religion. Before coming to Cambridge, I completed my BA at King's College London (2011-14), interned and worked at the Cultural Institute at King's College London, White Cube, and the National Theatre (2014-15). During my MPhil (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. In 2019-2020 I completed a PGCE in Secondary English, teaching young people aged 11-18 in West and East Sussex.

Subject area and speciality

Philosophy of Religion specialists:

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Admissions Interviewer (Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy of Religion BA), Emmanuel College and Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 2019
  • Supervisor, A8: Philosophy of Religion, Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy of Religion BA, Part I, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, 2017-2019
  • Kierkegaard's Teleological Suspension of the Ethical - Access workshop for Year 12 students, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, January 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

Secondary School

In 2019-2020 I taught English Language and English Literature across KS5/A Level (16-18), KS4/GCSE (14-16), and KS3 (11-14), as part of my PGCE (University of Sussex).

Other Professional Activities

Please see my website for details of my prizes and funding, conference papers and talks, and my research and organisational roles in the higher education and arts sectors.

Key Publications

Books

(FORTHCOMING 2021) New Approaches to Ecology and the Arts (Brill Research Perspectives in Religion and the Arts)

Articles

(FORTHCOMING 2020) ‘Kierkegaard in the Anthropocene: Hope, ecology, and philosophy’, Religions, 11:3

‘Kierkegaard on Existential Kenosis and the Power of the Image: “Fear and Trembling” and “Practice in Christianity”’(with Hjordis Becker-Lindenthal), Modern Theology, 35:4 (online 2019, print 2020), pp. 706-727

Other

(FORTHCOMING 2020) Ruby Guyatt, '2 Chronicles 2 Preparations for Building the Temple', a virtual exhibition and commentary for The Visual Commentary on Scripture (VCS), King's College London

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

Reviews

(FORTHCOMING 2020) ‘But first, let me take a #selfie: Sylvie Weil, Selfies' (Paris: Les Fugitives, 2019), 152pp’, Review 31 

(FORTHCOMING 2020) ‘‘In Search of the Soul: A Philosophical Essay’ by John Cottingham’, THE (Times Higher Education)

‘Book of the Week: ‘Who Owns Religion? Scholars and Their Publics in the Late Twentieth Century’ by Laurie L. Patton’, THE (Times Higher Education), April 2020

'Looking at Life from the Inside: Clare Carlisle, Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard' (London: Allen Lane, 2019) 288pp.' Review 31, July 2019

'Lexi Eikelboom, Rhythm: A Theological Category (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 272 pp.', Noesis: Theology, Philosophy, Poetics, Vol. 5 (2018), pp. 33-35

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