Philosophy of religion; French Spiritualism; Environmental ethics; Magic and the occult
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. In November 2020 I will joined the "Ambivalence of Nordic Nature: Gift, Guilt, Grace" project (University of Oslo, Faculty of Theology) as Research Fellow.
My first book, Effort and Grace: On the Spiritual Exercise of Philosophy (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), tackles the importance of Simone Weil’s concept of attention for critical theory and practice today, and situates it within the history of French reflexive or ‘spiritualist’ philosophy. I have also published widely on attention and environmental ethics, and am currently completing two books: Nonhuman Understanding: Spiritual Technologies and Environmental Thought and Spellwork for a Damaged Planet: Magic and Ecology (with Dr Alice Tarbuck).
I run Magic and Ecology, an interdisciplinary online conference hosting podcasts and seminars throughout 2020-2021. Magic and Ecology is funded by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, and the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. To learn more and sign up for our free events, please the project website.
Kotva, S. (2020) Effort and Grace: On the Spiritual Exercise of Philosophy. London: Bloomsbury.
Kotva, S. (2019) The Occult Mind of Simone Weil. Philosophical Investigations 43/1-2: 122-141
Kotva, S. (2019) The Line of Resistance: Ravaisson and Bergson. Journal of Religion and Literature 49/2: 228-239.
Kotva S. (2019) Attention: Thomas A. Clark and Simone Weil', Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. 11(1).
Kotva, S. (2018) Attention in the Anthropocene: On the Spiritual Exercises of Any Future Science. In Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life. Eds Adam Bobbette and Amy Donovan. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Kotva, S. (2018) One Question on Ritual and Religion. International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 79:3. 337-340.
Kotva. S. (2017) Sealanguage: Field Notes from the Anthropocene. PARSE Journal 6. 14-33
Kotva, S. and A. Tarbuck. (2017) The Non-Secular Pilgrimage: Walking and Looking in Ken Cockburn and Alec Finlay’s The Road North. Critical Survey 29. 33-52.
Kotva, S. (2016) The God of Effort: Henri Bergson and the Stoicism of Modernity. Modern Theology 32/3. 397-420.
Kotva, S. (2015) Gilles Deleuze, Simone Weil, and the Stoic Apprenticeship: Education as A Violent Training. Theory, Culture & Society 32/7-8. 101-121.