Dr Simone Kotva

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BA, MPhil, PhD

Research Fellow
Affiliated lecturer, Faculty of Divinity


After receiving my Ph.D. in Divinity from Emmanuel College I spent the spring semester of 2016 teaching philosophy of religion and systematic theology at the Institute for Literature, Intellectual History and Religion at the University of Gothenburg. In Michaelmas 2016 I returned to Emmanuel College as a research fellow.

My published work is concerned with the tradition of philosophy as spiritual exercise and 'way of life'. My first book, Effort and Grace (forthcoming with Bloomsbury), uncovered the theological origins of the French 'way of life' phenomenon. My current project tackles the importance of spiritual exercise and practices of attention in environmental discourse, with particular reference to the Anthropocene.

I am currently part of the Templeton-funded After Science and Religion Project, and with Dr Alice Tarbuck am undertaking a long-term interdisciplinary collaboration between theology and the arts, The Anthropocene Collective.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate teaching

I supervise the following papers as part of the Tripos in Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion: A8 (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics), B10 (God, Freedom and the Soul), B11 (Ethics and Faith: The Good), C11 (Metaphysics)

Graduate teaching

Together with Dr Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal I teach the MPhil module Facing the Environmental Future: Theology in the Anthropocene.


Philosophy of religion

Environmental ethics

Link to faculty page: https://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/directory/kotva/