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Natalja Deng

Associate Professor of Philosophy

  • TWCF Research Associate, University of Cambridge, 2014-2016
  • Research Fellow, University of Notre Dame, 2013-2014
  • Collaboratrice Scientifique, Université de Genève, 2010-2013

Email: nmdeng@gmail.com
Tel: 032-749-3014
Office: Veritas Hall B418


I’m an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Underwood International College. Before coming to Korea, I held postdoctoral positions at the University of Cambridge (UK), the University of Notre Dame (USA) and the University of Geneva (CH). I have a B.A. and M.Sci. in Physics from the University of Cambridge, and a B.Phil. and D.Phil. in Philosophy from the University Oxford.

Originally, I’m from Dorsten, which is in the northwest of Germany. I enjoy a variety of dance styles and play the piano or the guitar when I get a chance. I rarely refuse chocolate or conversations about Harry Potter.


D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Philosophy, St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, supervised by Dr. Oliver Pooley: ‘Time, experience, and the A versus B debate’, 2010.
B.Phil. in Philosophy, St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, 2006.
B.A. and M.Sci. in Physics (Class I), Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, 2004.

Courses and Current Research Areas

I’ve mostly worked in analytic metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. In metaphysics, I’ve thought about how we experience time, and whether time has turned out to be very different from how we experience it. In the philosophy of religion, I’ve wondered whether naturalists can be religious, and what it means to ask whether god exists. I also have interests in the philosophy of physics and in aesthetics. 

Elsewhere, I’ve taught courses in Metaphysics, Epistemology, General Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Physics and Philosophy of Religion. At UIC, I’ll be teaching World Philosophy (Science, religion and metaphysics: a themed introduction to philosophy) and Critical Reasoning.

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles:  

Acknowledgement and the Paradox of Tragedy, with Daan Evers
Philosophical Studies 173/2: 337-350

On whether B-theoretic Atheists should Fear Death
Philosophia 43/4: 1011-1021

How A-theoretic Deprivationists should respond to Lucretius
Journal of the American Philosophical Association 1/3: 417-432

Religion for Naturalists
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 78/2: 195-214

On Explaining Why Time Seems to Pass
Southern Journal of Philosophy 51/3: 367-382

Our Experience of Passage on the B-theory
Erkenntnis 78/4: 713-726

Fine’s McTaggart, Temporal Passage, and the A versus B debate
Ratio 26/1: 19-34

Questions about ‘Internal and External Questions about God’
Religious Studies 48/2: 257-268

'Beyond A- and B-time’ Reconsidered
Philosophia 38/4: 741-753

Replies, reviews, and invited chapters:

Does Physics make us Free? Review of J. T. Ismael ‘How physics makes us free’ (OUP), with Klaas Landsman
forthcoming in Metascience

Metaphysics, Science, and Religion: a Response to Hud Hudson
forthcoming in the Journal of Analytic Theology

Temporal Experience and the A versus B debate
forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Temporal Experience, ed. by Ian Phillips

Response to Jeffrey Bishop
Studies in Christian Ethics 29/3

Review of 'Debates in the Metaphysics of Time', ed. by N. Oaklander
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 29/3

More Information

For more information, please visit my website: nataljadeng.weebly.com

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