Yujin Nagasawa


Professor of Philosophy

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

School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham





Yujin Nagasawa was educated as an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook 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 is currently Professor of Philosophy in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, UK. He was awarded the Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize in 2007, the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise in 2008 (by the John Templeton Foundation and the University of Heidelberg), and the Excellence in Philosophy of Religion Prize in 2011 (by the University of St. Thomas).

Profile on the University website

Editorial Appointments

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Religion (the existence of God, divine attributes, the problem of evil, science and religion, global philosophy of religion)
  • Philosophy of Mind (phenomenal consciousness, the mind-body problem, 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; 2012-2014)
  • Exploring Alternative Concepts of God (with Andrei Buckareff at Marist College, USA; 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)

Recent and Forthcoming Talks

  • Theism and Multiverse Workshop, Toronto, Canada, February 2013.
  • Big Bang and the Interface of Knowledge, Wilton Park and CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2012
  • International Conference: "Minds--Human and Divine, Munich School of Philosophy, August 2012
  • Summer School: "Minds--Human and Divine", Munich School of Philosophy, July-August 2012
  • University of Cambridge, February 2012