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A reader in philosophy and theology at Cambridge University, Catherine Pickstock is also a fellow, tutor, and director of studies in theology and philosophy at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Her research and writing are based in philosophical theology, Platonic philosophy, and medieval theology. In particular, she has applied linguistics to theories of religious language, analogy, and liturgy, looked at postmodern philosophy in relation to the reinterpretation of pre-modern theology, and undertaken a reconsideration of the Platonic tradition in interaction with biblically based faiths, especially rituals invoking divine intervention and understandings of the soul. A graduate of Cambridge University where she studied at St. Catherine’s College, she received her Ph.D. in philosophical theology from Cambridge in 1995. Dr. Pickstock’s first academic appointment was as a research fellow at Emmanuel College and director of studies in theology and religious studies at both Emmanuel and Christ’s colleges, Cambridge. She became a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity in 1998 and a lecturer in philosophy of religion two years later. Appointed senior lecturer in philosophical theology in 2005, she was named to her present university position in 2007. Dr. Pickstock has been a fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton and held a research leave award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She delivered the Beattie Memorial Lectures at McGill University in 1998, the annual Aquinas Lecture at Blackfriars, Oxford, in 1999, and the Horizon Public Lecture at the University of London in 2002. Co-editor (with John Milbank and Graham Ward) of both Routledge’s Radical Orthodoxy series and Blackwell’s Illuminations: Theory and Religion series, she serves as a member of the editorial board of Telos: A Journal of Critical Thought, as associate editor of Modern Theology, and as a member of the advisory council of Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology. She is the author more than fifty papers published in academic journals or as chapters in volumes of collected works and the co-editor (with John Milbank and Graham Ward) of the groundbreaking Radical Orthodoxy: A New Theology (1998). She is also the author of three books. After Writing: On the Liturgical Consummation of Philosophy (1998 with subsequent translations into French, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, and, forthcoming, Polish) is a significant re-thinking of Christian understandings of language and ideas of the presence of God, which includes a critical examination of doxology in the philosophy and culture of the ancient world and a close philosophical and theological analysis of the entire text of the Roman Mass. Dr. Pickstock’s most recent studies, both published in 2001, are a short consideration in French of the meaning of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, Thomas d’Aquin et la Quête Eucharistique (Ad Solem), and (with John Milbank) Truth in Aquinas (Routledge), a succinct re-evaluation of Thomas’s thought, which claims that his philosophical account of truth is also an entirely theological one. She is presently completing a study entitled Theory, Religion, and Idiom in Platonic Philosophy for Oxford University Press.