Pantheism and Panentheism Project Workshop

Murray Learning Centre LG14 (R28 on campus map)
Tuesday 28 November 2017 (12:30-17:10)

The Royal Institute of Philosophy Birmingham Branch, and John Templeton Foundation-funded Pantheism and Panentheism Project at the University of Birmingham will host an informal workshop on pantheism and panentheism.

Pantheism is the view that God is identical with the universe. Panentheism is the view that the universe is part of God. These views are radically different from traditional theism, which says that God is an all-powerful, all-loving creator that is ontologically distinct from the universe. Pantheism and panentheism have a long history since ancient Greece and many prominent philosophers, theologians and scientists—such as Nicholas of Cusa, Baruch Spinoza, John Locke, T. H. Green, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking—have defended or expressed sympathy with them. Yet, there has been very little discussion of these views in philosophy and theology as they have focused nearly exclusively on traditional theism.

The aim of this workshop is to create opportunities for philosophers to present their latest work on pantheism and panentheism to students and the general public.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required, but please let the organisers know if you’re planning to attend, just so that we have an idea of what numbers to expect.


  • 12.30 – 13.50: Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham), “Pantheism, Panpsychism and Cosmopsychism”
  • 13.50 – 14.00: Break
  • 14.00 – 15.20: Sam Lebens (University of Haifa), ‘God and His Imaginary Friends: Acosmism, Pantheism and Priority Monism’
  • 15.20 – 15.50: Refreshments
  • 15.50 – 17.10: Mikael Stenmark (University of Uppsala), ‘Panentheism and Its Rivals’

If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel welcome to contact the organisers: Yujin Nagasawa and Nick Jones.