DepartmentTalbot School of Theology
Biola AffiliationsFaculty, Employee

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Durham University, UK,
  • M.A. in Philosophy, Biola University
  • M.A. in Science and Religion, Biola University
  • BTh in Academic Theology, Evangelical Theological College, Ethiopia​

Biography

Mihretu P. Guta completed his PhD in Philosophy at Durham University (UK) under the supervision of Professor E.J. Lowe and Professor Sophie Gibb. After completing a Ph.D., Guta spent a year at Durham University as a postdoctoral research fellow within the Durham Emergence Project, set up with cooperation between physicists and philosophers (funded by the John Templeton Foundation).

His postdoctoral research was focused on the nature of the emergence of the phenomenal consciousness taken from the standpoint of metaphysics, philosophy of mind, neuroscience, and quantum physics. Guta has research interest in a wide range of issues in the area of metaphysics and philosophy of mind. His other research interest areas include: philosophy of religion, philosophy of language/logic, epistemology, ethics, philosophical theology, the philosophy of cognitive neuroscience, and the philosophy of quantum physics.

He recently edited (with Sophie Gibb) a special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies titled “Insights into the First-Person Person Perspective and the Self: An Interdisciplinary Approach” (Imprint Academic, 2015). He has published articles, short response commentaries, encyclopedia entries and book reviews in academic journals such as Philosophia Christi, Analysis, Journal of Consciousness Studies, the Philosophical Quarterly and Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the journal of the American Scientific Affiliation.

Guta has edited a volume for Routledge titled Consciousness and the Ontology of Properties (forthcoming). He is also working on a single authored book titled: The Metaphysics of Substance and Personhood: A Non-Theory-Laden Approach. Guta presented academic conference research/public lectures in places such as Durham University, University of Vienna, University of Finland, Boston University, University of Arizona, Tucson, Biola University, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at Berkeley, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, and Ethiopia’s Evangelical Theological College and other dozens of theological colleges across Ethiopia.

Guta worked as an Assistant to the Academic Dean, Field-Education Director and Lecturer at the Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Guta also published three books in Amharic (Ethiopian national language). His fourth book in Amharic on Collection of Philosophical Articles is forthcoming. Currently, Guta teaches philosophy both at undergraduate and graduate levels at Biola University and Azusa Pacific University.

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