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Yujin Nagasawa

Yujin Nagasawa Is a young up-and-coming philosopher of religion at the University of Birmingham in England. He has recently written an intriguing book, God and Phenomenal Consciousness: A Novel Approach, (recently reviewed at Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, here) which critiques prominent a priori arguments for dualism, such as Thomas Nagel's and Frank jackson's. He has also co-edited the new cutting-edge volume, New Waves in Philosophy of Religion (with Erik Wielenberg).

A bunch of his papers are online at his department webpage, including his excellent "A New Defense of Anselmian Theism", which won the Essay Prize from the journal, The Philosophical Quarterly, in 2007. As you'll see at his page and his CV, he's working on a book-length treatment on the existence of God, entitled, The Existence of God: From Anselm to Big Bang Cosmology (under contract with Routledge).

UPDATE: I tracked down the table of contents for New Waves in Philosophy of Religion. Here it is:

Introduction; Y.Nagasawa and E.J.Wielenberg
A New Definition of ‘Omnipotence’ in Terms of Sets; D.J.Hill
Can God Choose a World at Random?; K.J.Kraay
Why is there Anything at All?; T.J.Mawson
Programs, Bugs, DNA and a Design Argument; A.R.Pruss
The ‘Why Design?’ Question; N.A.Manson
Divine Command Theory and the Semantics of Quantified Modal Logic; D.Efird
Divine Desire Theory and Obligation; C.B.Miller
The Puzzle of Prayers of Thanksgiving and Praise; D.Howard-Snyder
A Participatory Model of the Atonement; T.Bayne and G.Restall
Basic Human Worth: Religious and Secular Perspectives; C.J.Eberle
Imperfection as Sufficient for a Meaningful Life: How Much is Enough?; T.Metz

Comments

Chad said…
Nagasawa is a very clear and original thinker. I discovered his work while researching the problem of omniscience and first-person indexicals (doxazotheos.com/?p=82). I've been wrestling with his article, "Grounds for Worship" for some time now. I referenced it during this past EPS conference in RI and I got the impression many weren't familiar with his work.

I appreciate this post!
Joost said…
Do you know what Nagasawa's religious background is?
exapologist said…
Hi Joost,

Not with any confidence. You might get a response from him on this, though, if you email him at the address advertised on his webpage.

Best,

EA
James said…
He is an agnostic.

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