Major prize: Legatum Stolpianum (a Dutch prize established in 1753, awarded once every five years for the best book in natural theology)
Palmyre Oomen is Thomas More Professor of Philosophy at the Eindhoven University of Technology, and Senior Researcher Theology and Science, at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies, of the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
She studied mathematical biology (Leiden and Delft, 1975), theology (Nijmegen, 1988), and philosophy (Nijmegen, 1994), and received her Ph.D. at the University of Nijmegen in 1998. All these academic degrees were honored with cum laude. Her dissertation was on Whitehead's philosophy and its contribution to a theology of God's agency. The dissertation book was awarded with the Legatum Stolpianum Prize in 2001.
Her academic fields of interest are: Philosophical theology (esp. the issue of divine agency in light of worldly autonomy and evil); Philosophy of nature and anthropology (esp. causality, self-organization, teleology, spontaneous order, evolution, freedom and determination, soul, embodiment); artificial and natural adaptive self-controlling systems; ‘Theology and Science’ with special attention to ‘self-organization of nature’ in relation to God’s agency, and neuroscientific and anthropological ideas about freedom and personhood.
Oomen has written a number of books and articles on theology, philosophy, as well as on science and theology. More details can be found at: Radboud University Nijmegen/Heyendaal Institute/Oomen or at: Eindhoven University of Technology/Oomen
Religion, Philosophy and History interests: Christianity-Catholicism, Christianity-Protestantism, History of Science, Naturalism, Philosophy of Mind, Theology
Science and Technology interests: Anthropology, Biology, Cosmology, Evolution, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics