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Kate Lawson

Contract Instructor

Degrees:King's, Western University (BA), Western University (MA), Queen's University (PhD).

Office Hours: E-mail for appointment

Kate’s work focuses on ethics and continental philosophy. Her research interests include social and political thought, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, Indian philosophy, and ecological ethics. As a lecturer, Kate seeks to bring together rigorous scholarship in the history of philosophy, exploration of burgeoning thinkers, and passionate engagement with how philosophical ideas are relevant to student’s lives.

Courses for 2023-24

PHIL 2330: Happiness, Wellbeing, and the Good Life

PHIL 2380: Introduction to Environmental Ethics



Decreation for The Anthropocene: Simone Weil and Environmental Ethics. Taylor and Francis Routledge Environmental Humanities Series. Forthcoming.

Editor and Introduction to The Politics of Hannah Arendt and Simone Weil: Unprecedented Conversations. Bloomsbury. Forthcoming.

Editor and Introduction to Breached Horizons: Essays on the Work of Jean Luc Marion. London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.

Peer Reviewed Articles

“Art and the Other: Aesthetic Intersubjectivity in Gadamer and Stein,” Symposium Vol. 24, No. 1 (Spring 2020), 74-91.

“The Ethical Imperative of Reincarnation in the Timaeus and the Bhagavad Gita,” Symposia: The Journal of Religion, University of Toronto, 2019.

Book Chapters

“An Ethics of God’s Grace to Balance a Politics of Worldly Affliction: A Weilian Response to Roncalli on Arendt and the World” in The politics of Hannah Arendt and Simone Weil: Unprecedented Conversations. Ed. Kathryn Lawson and Joshua Livingston. Bloomsbury. Forthcoming.

“Enacting Decreation,” in Rethinking Responses to Political Crisis and Collapse: Hannah Arendt, Edith Stein, Rosa Luxemburg, and Simone Weil ed. Antonio Calcagno. Forthcoming.

“Decreation” in Bloomsbury Handbook of Simone Weil, ed. Lissa McCullough. Forthcoming.

“One Hand Clapping: Anatheism and Contemporary Eastern Art” in The Art of Anatheism: Essays on the work of Richard Kearney. Ed. Matthew Clemente and Richard Kearney. London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.