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Faculty of Divinity


The D Society

The D Society is the main research seminar in the faculty for Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. It is chaired by Professor Catherine Pickstock.

Professor Donald MackinnonPapers are invited from a wide range of philosophers, philosophers of religion and ethicists, both internal to Cambridge and from outside. A short response paper from a graduate student or faculty member usually opens the discussion.

Founded in 1921 by Professor James Bethune-Baker, the D Society was originally a subscription society intended to supplement the (then) predominantly biblical emphases of the faculty to include doctrinal and philosophical discussion. Under Professor Donald MacKinnon's chairmanship it became the main locus in the university for the interaction between senior members of the Philosophy and Divinity Faculties; and under Professor Nicholas Lash it was transformed into a regular senior seminar in the faculty. 

The seminar is open to all interested members of the University, and to visitors who may wish to attend. Graduate students in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics are encouraged to come from the beginning of their programme and to make the seminars, and the enjoyable tea that follows, a place of regular interaction.

Members of the D Society are also encouraged to attend the regular public lectures in Philosophy of Religion, including the Stanton Lectures.

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The Graduate Seminar in Philosophy of Religion

Lent Term 2024

  • 12.30pm - 2.00pm on alternating Fridays, in the Lightfoot Room [or via Zoom]
  • Sandwiches will be provided from 12noon in the Selwyn Room

All are welcome to attend!

Please contact Professor Catherine Pickstock: with any questions about the seminars


19 January  

Dr Ryan Haecker (Rome/Cambridge), “Theology of Logic: A New Introduction to Absolute Knowing”. Response by Aaron Khokar (Cambridge). 


2 February 

Professor Caryl Emerson (Princeton), “Bulgakov, Bakhtin, polyphonic tricksters and the Trinitarian utterance". Response by Dr Joshua Heath (Cambridge) 


16 February 

Professor Andrea Bellantone (Toulouse), “From Phenomenology to Metaphysics. The way of the Spirit”. Response TBA. 


1 March 

Professor Mark Wynn (Oxford), “Temporal and eternal goods: some reflections on C.S. Lewis's A Grief Observed”. Response TBA.