Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

PhD student

Summary: The Metaphysics of Divine Causality

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PhD RESEARCH

Thesis title 

Divine Causality Defended

Aim

It is something of an orthodoxy that the nature of causation can be characterised by the following metaphysical theses: that all causes must temporally precede their effects, that causation is governed by laws of nature, that causation might entail counterfactual dependence (or at least be understood in terms of counterfactual conditionals), and that causation involves energy transfer. If these theses are correct, then divine causality looks incoherent. This is so, since many theists claim that God is atemporal, non-physical, and is a being who exists independently of all else. The goal of my thesis is to argue that we have good reason to reject these prima facie theistically problematic causal theses; and thereby, to make room for a coherent notion of divine causality.

Supervisors

Prof Robin Le PoidevinProf Helen Steward.

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Mind & Action

FUNDING

I am extremely grateful to:

  • The Royal Institute of Philosophy for awarding me a Jacobsen Studentship which will give me £8,000 to support my research in the fourth year of my doctoral studies.
  • The School of PRHS at Leeds for awarding me a Graduate Teaching Assistantship which will provide me with full fees and maintenance for the duration of my PhD.

QUALIFICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS

  •  'God and Dispositional Essentialism' forthcoming in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.

AWARDS

  • Jacobsen Studentship (2015), from the Royal Institute of Philosophy (£8,000). One of eight awarded yearly across the UK.
  • Arthur Peacocke Essay Prize (2014), from the Science and Religion Forum, for the paper: 'God and Laws of Nature: Can the Problems with Foster's Account Lead us Towards a Better Theory?'
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship (2012-2015), awarded by the Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds: full fees and maintenance for the entire duration of my studies.
  • Peter H Nidditch Prize in Philosophy (2005), awarded by the Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, for producing work of the highest academic merit within my year.

TEACHING

Lecturing

  • PHIL 3522 The Structure of Reality
  • PHIL 2542 Introduction to Metaphysics
  • PHIL 2521 Realism and Anti-Realism
  • PHIL 2532 Philosophy of Religion

Upper level tutoring

  • PHIL 3522 The Structure of Reality
  • PHIL 3910 Proctoring
  • PHIL 2521 Realism and Anti-Realism
  • PHIL 2532 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 2542 Introduction to Metaphysics

  • PHIL 2422 Topics in Epistemology: Knowledge and Justification 

Lower level tutoring

  • PHIL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 1002 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 1005 Introduction to Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 1007 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 1040 Descartes
  • PHIL 1008 Introduction to Logic
  • Introduction to the History of Philosophy

Other

I have tutored the Ethics of Equality for Inter-disciplinary Ethics Applied, which is a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Leeds University.

  • DSUR 5450M Personal and Professional Development

TALKS

External

  • 'Divine Conservation and Space-Time Substantivalism', the 4th Biennial Glasgow Philosophy of Religion Conference, 26/05/16.
  • 'God and Laws of Nature: Can the Problems with Foster's Account Lead us Towards a Better Theory?', Religious Studies @ 50 Conference, Leeds University, 25/06/14. 
  • 'The Logical and Metaphysical Possibility of Divine Causation', Philosophy of Religion Workshop, Birmingham University, 08/05/13.
  • 'The Logical and Metaphysical Possibility of Divine Causation', White Rose Forum, Leeds University, 02/03/13.

Internal

  • 'Divine Conservation and Space-Time Substantivalism', PG Philosophy Seminar, Leeds University, 29/01/16.
  • 'Against Mellor's Argument for the Causal Theory of Time Order', PG Philosophy Seminar, Leeds University, 09/10/15.
  • 'God and Natural Laws', Centre for Philosophy of Religion, Leeds University, 06/11/14.
  • 'The Logical and Metaphysical Possibility of Divine Causation', PG Philosophy Seminar, Leeds University, 22/02/13. 
  • 'Growing Block Theory and the Substantivalist/Relationist Debate', PG Philosophy Seminar, Leeds University, 15/04/11.

Respondent 

Public

OTHER ROLES

  • Journal referee for Philosophia (2016).
  • Sarah Adams, Dr Richard Caves, and I have recently set up PhiCONE (Centre for Outreach, Networking, and Engagement in Philosophy), which we hope to use as a platform from which to provide outreach and engagement with philosophy for those who are outside of academia.
  • I am co-running, designing and lecturing on a philosophy course for the Leeds U3A philosophy group (U3A is an organisation which provides educational opportunities for people no longer in full time employment).  
  • Assistant to the Head of Tutoring and Proctoring (2014 - present).
  • Reviewer for the British Journal Undergraduate of Philosophy (2013 - present).
  • Postgraduate representative on the School Taught Student Education Committee (2013 - 2015).

ABOUT ME

I grew up in Reading, but since doing my undergraduate degree in Sheffield have found my true home to be in Yorkshire. In my spare time I enjoy the gym, cycling, playing most sports, exploring the Dales and Peaks, and going to gigs. I also very much enjoy volunteering with Age UK.