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Dr Daniel De Haan

Dr Daniel De Haan

TWCF Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and the Sciences: Neuroscience


Dr. Daniel De Haan works on the philosophy of cognitive neuroscience, philosophical and theological anthropology, and medieval philosophy.

He 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). The dissertation 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. 

In January 2015 he joined the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University as a postdoctoral fellow 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. He is conducting research on the intersections of theology, philosophy, and neuroscience in Lisa Saksida's Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Cambridge University. His current research focuses on the philosophical foundations of translational cognitive neuroscience, especially with respect to human and nonhuman animal studies on perception, memory, emotion, consciousness, free will, dementia and addiction.

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

  • “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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