Lawson, Kathryn

Kathryn Lawson

Ph.D., 2022


Arts and Science

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Research Interests

Environmental philosophy, Philosophy of religion, Phenomenology, Feminist perspectives, Simone Weil

  • B.A., Honours (Philosophy), King’s University College at Western University
  • M.A., (Theory and Criticism), Western University

Kate’s research interests include environmental philosophy, philosophy of religion, phenomenology, feminist perspectives, and the work of Simone Weil. She was a visiting graduate student at Cambridge University's Faculty of Divinity during the Lent 2020 term and she attended The School of Criticism and Theory Summer School at Cornell University in 2016. Kate's dissertation entitled Decreation for the Anthropocene places the philosophy of Simone Weil in conversation with our current environmental crisis.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • "Art and the Other: Aesthetic Intersubjectivity in Gadamer and Stein" Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy. 24.1 (2020): 74-91.
  • "The Ethical Imperative of Reincarnation in the Timeaus and The Bhagavad Gita" Symposia: The Journal of Religion. Toronto: University of Toronto, 2019.
Book Chapters
  • “Enacting Decreation,” in Rethinking Responses to Political Crisis and Collapse: Hannah Arendt, Edith Stein, Rosa Luxemburg, and Simone Weil, ed. Antonio Calcagno, forthcoming.
  • "One Hand Clapping" in The Art of Anatheism: The Philosophy of Richard Kearney. Edited by Matthew Clemente and Richard Kearney. London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.
Edited Collections
  • Breached Horizons: The Philosophy of Jean-Luc Marion. Co-edited with Rachel Bath, Antonio Calcagno, and Steve G. Lofts. Rowman and Littlefield: London, 2017.
Other Writing 
  • “The Pandemic of Force.” Review of Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way we Live, by Nicholas A. Christakis. Attention: The Life and Legacy of Simone Weil. Forthcoming. Online:
  • “Attention in the Time of COVID-19.” Object Tales. Cambridge Faculty of Divinity Online. 2020.

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