Yujin Nagasawa


  • HG Wood Professor of the Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Yujin Nagasawa 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. He supervises both campus and distance-learning PhD students in the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of mind.


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Personal profile


Yujin Nagasawa was educated as an undergraduate in Philosophy and Applied Mathematics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the United States, and received his PhD in Philosophy 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 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 Editor of Religious Studies and Cambridge Elements in Philosophy of Religion, Co-Series Editor of Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, the European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, and the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion Book Series. He was also the president of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion.

Research interests

  • 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/inter-religious philosophy of religion)
  • Philosophy of Mind (phenomenal consciousness, panpsychism and cosmopsychism, physicalism and dualism, semantic externalism)
  • Applied Philosophy (medical ethics, the meaning of life, death and immortality)

Funded projects

  • Pantheism and Panentheism Project (with Andrei Buckareff at Marist College; funded by the John Templeton Foundation; 2017-2019)
  • 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)


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