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Dr Elizabeth Burns

Dr Elizabeth Burns Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion and Director of the University of London International Programmes in Theology
Telephone: 020 7795 4240


I completed my doctoral studies at Queens’ College, Cambridge in 1995. My thesis focused on the work of Don Cupitt and Iris Murdoch and I have since published a number of articles on the philosophy of Iris Murdoch. My most recent article, ‘Images of Reality: Iris Murdoch’s Five Ways from Art to Religion’ (Religions, 2015) was featured on the publisher’s blog in their selection of highly-rated papers. I am currently working on the Philosophy of Religion contribution to the Routledge series What is this thing called …? to be published later this year.  

I have a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education from University College Suffolk (now University Campus Suffolk at Suffolk New College), and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have taught at Heythrop College since 2000, during which time I have held several roles in addition to my teaching responsibilities, including that of Dean of Undergraduate Studies (2003-2008) and Director of the University of London International Programmes in Theology (2000-2003 and 2007-date).

Current teaching

PH201 Contemporary Philosophy of Religion
PH336 Life and After Life

Research Interests

Additional Areas of Interest

  • Varieties of theism; The nature of philosophy of religion; Feminist philosophy of religion; Continental approaches to the problem of evil


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Other information

In my leisure time, I am developing a a website of resources for those in difficult circumstances ( I play the clarinet in a Cambridge wind octet and the piano for Bar Hill Ecumenical Church. I write piano music and worship songs, one of which has recently been published by Singing the Faith Plus, the online music repository of the Methodist Church.