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Helen De Cruz, Ph.D.

Danforth Chair in the Humanities

Courses Taught

Meta-ethics (graduate seminar); Philosophy of religion


Ph.D., University of Groningen, 2011
Ph.D., Free University of Brussels, 2007
Master's, Ghent University, 2000

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of religion
  • Philosophy of cognitive science
  • Experimental philosophy

Publications and Media Placements

Representative Publications

De Cruz, H. (2019). Religious disagreement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

De Cruz, H. (2017). Religion and science. Extended entry for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. De Cruz, H., & De Smedt, J. (2015). A natural history of natural theology. The cognitive science of theology and philosophy of religion. MIT Press.

De Cruz, H., & De Smedt, J. (2015). A natural history of natural theology. The cognitive science of theology and philosophy of religion. MIT Press. 

De Cruz, H. (2016). Numerical cognition and mathematical realism. Philosophers' Imprint, 16, 1–13.

De Cruz, H. (2015). Where philosophical intuitions come from. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 93, 233–249.

Editorial responsibilities

Executive editor for Journal of Analytic Theology
Managing editor for Faith and Philosophy (from 2020)
Editorial board member for Ergo
Editorial board member for Religious Studies


Professional Organizations and Associations

  • 2017- 2020: Research grant (Principal Investigator) from the John Templeton Foundation Evolution, ethics, and human origins: A deep-time perspective on human morality
  • 2013 -2015: Postdoctoral Research Grant, British Academy
  • 2011 -2012: Oxford Residential Fellowship, Templeton Foundation via the University of Oklahoma