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Dr Daniel De Haan

Dr Daniel  De Haan

Research Associate

Postdoctoral Fellow of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford


Biography:

Daniel is a Research Fellow of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford. He is working on the Renewal of Natural Theology Project directed by Professor Alister McGrath. Before this, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge working on the neuroscience strand of the Templeton World Charity Foundation Fellowships in Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and the Sciences Project, directed by Sarah Coakley. During this postdoctoral fellowship, he conducted research on the intersections of theology, philosophy, and neuroscience in Lisa Saksida’s Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Cambridge.

Daniel completed his Ph.D. in 2014 through a doctoral co-tutela between the Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX and the De Wulf-Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His doctoral dissertation was supervised by R.E. Houser (UST) and Andrea Robiglio (KUL), and addressed the scientific structure of Avicenna's Metaphysics of the Healing and the function of the concept of necessary existence in the central argument of Avicenna's metaphysics which ties together his ontology, aitiology, and theology. He completed his MA at the Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St Thomas, in 2010. He is currently affiliated with the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars (Oxford), and the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

Research Interests

  • Philosophical and theological anthropology
  • Philosophy of cognitive neuroscience
  • Philosophical theology and philosophy of religion
  • Medieval philosophy and theology (especially Avicenna & Thomas Aquinas)

 

Key Publications

  • “The Interaction of Noetic and Psychosomatic Operations in a Thomist Hylomorphic Personalism” Scientia et Fides (2018)
  • “Avicenna’s Healing and the Metaphysics of Truth” Journal of the History of Philosophy 56, 1 (2018): 17-44
  • Co-Authored with Robert Turner, “Bridging the Gap between System and Cell: The Role of Ultra-High Field MRI in Human Neuroscience,” Progress in Brain Research, 233 (2017): 179-220.
  • “Hylomorphism, New Mechanisms, and Explanations in Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology” in Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science, eds. William M.R. Simpson, Robert C. Koons, Nicholas J. Teh (Routledge, 2017), 293–326.
  • “Hylomorphic Animalism, Emergentism, and the Challenge of New Mechanisms in Neuroscience” Scientia et Fides 5 (2) /2017, 9–38.
  • “Where does Avicenna Demonstrate the Existence of God?” Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, vol. 26 (2016): 1–32
  • “The Doctrine of the Analogy of Being in Avicenna’s Metaphysics of the Healing” The Review of Metaphysics, 69 (2015): 261–86
  • “Delectatio, Gaudium, Fruitio: Three Kinds of Pleasure for Three Kinds of Knowledge in Thomas Aquinas” Quaestio: Journal of the History of Metaphysics, 15 (2015): 543- 552
  • “Harmonizing Faith and Knowledge of God’s Existence in St. Thomas” in Faith, Hope and Love: Thomas Aquinas on Living by the Theological Virtues (Thomas Instituut Utrecht, 16) eds. H. Goris, L. Hendriks & H.J.M. Schoot (Leuven: Peeters, 2015), 137–160
  • “Perception and the Vis Cogitativa: A Thomistic Analysis of Aspectual, Actional, and Affectional Percepts” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 88, 3 (2014): 397–437
  • “Moral Perception and the Function of the Vis Cogitativa in Thomas Aquinas’s Doctrine of Antecedent and Consequent Passions” Documenti e studi sulla Tradizione filosofica medievale 25 (2014): 287–328
  • “A Mereological Construal of the Primary Notions Being and Thing in Avicenna and Aquinas” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Special Issue: Aquinas and the Arabic Philosophical Tradition, Richard Taylor ed., 88, 2 (2014): 335-360
  • “Aristotle and the Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association: Aristotle Now and Then, Vol. 87 (2013): 213-230 (Co-authored with Geoffrey A. Meadows).
  • “The Doctrine of the Analogy of Being in Avicenna’s Metaphysics of the HealingThe Review of Metaphysics 69 (2015): 261–86
  • “Harmonizing Faith and Knowledge of God’s Existence in St. Thomas” in Faith, Hope and Love: Thomas Aquinas on Living by the Theological Virtues (Thomas Instituut Utrecht, 16) eds. Goris H., Hendriks L., Schoot H.J.M. (Leuven: Peeters, 2015).
  • “Moral Perception and the Function of the Vis Cogitativa in Thomas Aquinas’s Doctrine of Antecedent and Consequent Passions” Documenti e studi sulla Tradizione filosofica medievale 25 (2014): 287–328.
  • “A Mereological Construal of the Primary Notions Being and Thing in Avicenna and Aquinas” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Special Issue: Aquinas and the Arabic Philosophical Tradition, Richard Taylor ed., 88, 2 (2014): 335-360.


 

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