Dr Guy Bennett-Hunter (BA, MA, MSc, PhD, FRSA, MBPsS)

Executive Editor, Expository Times


Dr Guy Bennett-Hunter is a philosopher specialising in existential phenomenology and philosophy of religion. He is the author of Ineffability and Religious Experience (2014), published by Routledge. He currently works part-time as Executive Editor of the Expository Times, a leading international journal of religious studies, published monthly since October, 1889. Dr Bennett-Hunter's philosophical research interests are in the following areas: 

  • Ineffability
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • Aesthetics

Dr Bennett-Hunter is also a degree-qualified psychologist and works clinically as a Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitoner in forensic settings in the North East of England.


2020: MSc (with distinction), Psychology (BPS-accredited), University of East London.

2011: PhD, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge.

2008: MA (with distinction), Philosophy, University of Durham.

2006: BA (Hons.), Philosophy and Theology, University of Durham.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).


"This book is badly needed in a rather unusual sense because it attends to such a neglected topic. Philosophers have long concentrated on linguistic forms in a way that  has isolated language from the rest of life, and this isolation has increasingly obscured for them the vast range of things that cannot be spoken. During the last century, too, English-speaking analytic philosophy has carried this isolation to disastrous lengths on various topics, but above all in the philosophy of religion. Bennett-Hunter is not the first philosopher to try and map this distracted field, but he is remarkable in the width of his approach and his sympathetic approach to the highly various thinkers whom he invokes to illuminate it." —Mary Midgley


Articles discussing the book:

'Ineffability and Religious Experience: A Symposium' appeared in  Philosophia, 44.4 (2016): 1247–1287:

Selected Journal Articles and Essays

  • ‘Mysticism, Ritual, and the Meaning of Life’, forthcoming in Iddo Landau (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Meaning in Life (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming).
  • ‘The Imagination in the Travel Literature of Xavier de Maistre and its Philosophical Significance’, in Garth Lean, Russell Staiff and Emma Warterton (eds.), Travel and Imagination (Oxford: Routledge, 2014), 75–88.

Other Writing

Book Reviews

  • ‘Review: Ineffability: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion, ed. T. D. Knepper & L. E. Kalmanson’, Expository Times, 129.6 (2018): 273 [read online].