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Dr Jessica Eastwood

Teaching Fellow & Schools Liaison Administrative Officer

BA Hons Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Kent; MA Religion, Paris School of Arts and Culture - University of Kent; PhD Philosophical Theology, Durham University

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Teaching Fellow & Schools Liaison Administrative Officer in the Department of Theology and Religion006, Abbey House+44 (0) 191 33 43939
Resident Tutor of St John's College +44 (0) 191 33 43246


  • Sep 2022: 'Naturalism Revisited: A Realist, Minimalist Conception of God', God, Time & Change, European Society for Philosophy of Religion, Oxford University 
  • Jan 2022: 'René Descartes: The Original Neo', Academic Taster Course, Durham University 
  • March 2021: Organised and Chaired a Five-Week Lecture Series titled, 'Diversity in Leadership', St Chad's College, Durham University
  • Nov 2019: 'When the Ontological Chips are Down', Centre for Philosophy of Religion, University of Leeds
  • Jan 2019: 'Divine Existence Beyone Realism and Anti-Realism', Sisters in Arms: Reinventing the Bond Between Philosophy and Theology After the "Emprical Turn", International Jounral of Philosophy and Theology, Cambridge University 
  • Nov 2018: 'A Compelx Game of Make-Believe: Religious Fictionalism and Religious Discourse', St Hild and St Bede Seminar Evening, Durham University 
  • 2022-2026: British Academy/Leverhulm Funded Progressive Christianities Project, University of Chester and University of Chichester 
  • 2022: 'With or Without Theistic Gloss: How Should be Serve Theistic Naturalism?' (Submitted)
  • 2021: 'Transcending Fictionalism: God, Minimalism and Realism', Doctroal Thesis
  • 2020: Invited Publication for a Chapter on the Intersection of Fictionalism and Philosophy of Mathematics, OUP
  • 2019: 'Garth Hallett The Maturing of Monotheism: A Dialectical Path to its Truth (London: Bloomsbury Academic 2019). P215. £85 (Hbk). 9781350089358'. Religious Studies 
  • 2019: 'Can Fictionalsits Have a Genuine Emotional Response to Religious Discourse?', International Jounral of Philosophy and Theology (accepted)
Research Interests
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Metaphysics (Ontology)
  • Naturalism
  • Realism and Anti-realism
  • Atheism
  • Religious Fictionalism
  • Faith and Reason Post-Enlightenment