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Molly Farneth

Molly Farneth is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religion at Princeton University.  Her research interests include ethics, philosophy of religion and modern Western religious thought, ritual studies, and feminist and gender studies in religion. In particular, her research explores the relationship between religious diversity and democracy, and the ways that members of diverse communities confront ethical conflicts across religious and other differences. Her dissertation, “Agon and Reconciliation: Ethical Conflict and Religious Practice in Hegel’s Account of Spirit,” approaches these themes through the lens of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit.

Molly has received several competitive fellowships to support her research, including a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship for 2013-2014. Her recent publications include work on Hegel’s philosophy of religion, Hegel’s critique of “the given” and its relevance for feminist ethics, and affinities between the ethics of James Baldwin and Simone de Beauvoir. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Molly earned an A.B. from Bowdoin College and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.