Professor Yujin Nagasawa BA (SUNY Stony Brook), PhD (ANU)

 

Professor of Philosophy
Co-Director, John Hick Centre for the Philosophy of Religion

Department of Philosophy

Dr Yujin Nagasawa

Contact details

ERI Building 147
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Yujin Nagasawa specialises in the philosophy of religion, the philosophy of mind and applied philosophy. He is the author of God and Phenomenal Consciousness: A Novel Approach to Knowledge Arguments (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Existence of God: A Philosophical Introduction (Routledge, 2011). He is also Co-Director of the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion.

He is also the editor/co-editor of There’s Something About Mary: Essays on Phenomenal Consciousness and Frank Jackson’s Knowledge Argument (with Peter Ludlow and Daniel Stoljar) (MIT Press, 2004), New Waves in Philosophy of Religion (with Erik J. Wielenberg), (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), Scientific Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Consciousness in the Physical World: Essays on Russellian Monism (with Torin Alter), (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), and Alternative Concepts of God (with Andrei Buckareff), (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Personal website: www.yujinnagasawa.com

Biography

Yujin Nagasawa was educated as an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the United States, and received his PhD from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2004.

From 2004 to 2005 he was Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alberta, Canada and Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) at ANU.

He came to Birmingham in 2006 to take up a permanent position. He was awarded the Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize in 2007,  the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise by the John Templeton Foundation and the University of Heidelberg in 2008, and the Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prize by the University of St. Thomas in 2011.

He is currently a member of the Committee of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, Co-Editor and Review Editor of the European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Religion Editor of Philosophy Compass, Co-Series Editor of Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion and a member of the Editorial Board of Religious Studies and Ashgate's British Society for the Philosophy of Religion Book Series.

Teaching

Postgraduate

  • God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life 

Postgraduate supervision

Yujin is willing to supervise postgraduate projects in any of his research areas. Feel free to contact him by e-mail if you would like to discuss possible postgraduate work. In 2013/14 Yujin supervises nine PhD students and an MRes student in philosophy of religion and philosophy of mind.

Research

  • Philosophy of Religion (the existence of God, the traditional concept of God and its alternatives, divine attributes, the problem of evil, miracles, science and religion, global philosophy of religion)
  • Philosophy of Mind (phenomenal consciousness, physicalism and dualism, semantic externalism)
  • Applied Philosophy (medical ethics, the meaning of life, death)

Funded projects

  • Death, Immortality and the Afterlife (with David Cheetham at the University of Birmingham; funded by the Analytic Theology Project at the University of Innsbruck; 2012-2014)
  • Alternative Concepts of God (with Andrei Buckareff at Marist College; funded by the John Templeton Foundation; 2011-2013)
  • Toward a Nonphysicalist Monist Solution to the Mystery of Consciousness (with Max Velmans at Goldsmiths, University of London; funded by the John Templeton Foundation; 2009-2011)
  • Anselmian Perfect-Being Theology and the Cognitive Science of Religion (funded by the Cognition, Religion and Theology Project at the University of Oxford; 2008-2009)

Other activities

  • School Head of Research and Knowledge Transfer

Publications

For a complete list of publications please see Yujin's website..

Books

Selected Articles

  • 'Models of Anselmian Theism', Faith and Philosophy 30, 2013, pp. 3-25.
  • 'The Mind-Body Problem and Infinite Decomposability', American Philosophical Quarterly  49, 2012, pp. 357-67.
  • 'The Ontological Argument and the Devil', Philosophical Quarterly 60, 2010, pp. 72-91. Winner of the 2010 Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prize.
  • 'A New Defence of Anselmian Theism'Philosophical Quarterly 58, 2008, pp. 577-96. Winner of the 2007 Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize.
  • 'Millican on the Ontological Argument', Mind 116, 2007, pp. 1027-40, 2007, pp. 1027-40.
  • ‘The Grounds of Worship’ (with Tim Bayne), Religious Studies 42, pp. 299-313.

Expertise

Philosophy of Religion, the existence of God, the traditional concept of God and its alternatives, the problem of evil, science and religion, global philosophy of religion, afterlife, miracles; Philosophy of Mind, the problem of consciousness, mind and matter; Applied Philosophy the meaning of life and death.

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