Personal data

Name:  Palmyre M.F. Oomen
Title:  Prof. Dr.

Born:  July 1948
Gender:  Female
Nationality:  Dutch

City:  Nijmegen, The Netherlands
E-mail:  pmf.oomen(at)hotmail.com

Education / qualifications

  • 1975 M.Sc. Theoretical Biology (cum laude), Leiden University
  • 1988 M.A. Theology (cum laude), University of Nijmegen
  • 1994 M.A. Philosophy (cum laude), University of Nijmegen
  • 1998 Ph.D. Philosophical Theology (cum laude), University of Nijmegen. Thesis title (translated ): Does God make a Difference? An Interpretation of Whitehead’s Philosophy as a Contribution to a Theology of God’s Agency.


  • 1972 – 1973 Teacher in Biology, Secondary School, Haarlem
  • 1975 – 1978 Teacher in Mathematics, Secondary School, Voorschoten
  • 1976 – 1977 Researcher Mathematical Biology, Leiden University
  • 1989 – 1995 Ph.D. student / Researcher Theology, University of Nijmegen
  • 1997 – 2013 Senior researcher Theology and Science, Department of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nijmegen
  • 2002 – 2013 Thomas More Professor of Philosophy, Eindhoven University of Technology.
  • 2013 – 2014 Guest Professor of Philosophy, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Main fields of academic interest

Philosophical theology, with special attention to the issue of divine agency in light of worldly autonomy and evil.
Theology and Science, with special attention to methodological questions, and theological/philosophical/scientific issues concerning self-organization, brain and human being, technology, biological evolution, and divine and human agency.

Philosophy of nature and anthropology; philosophy of God; metaphysics; Aquinas; Whitehead.
Specific themes: causality, teleology, self-organization, mechanicism and emergence, naturalism, laws of nature, soul and embodiment, free will.

Dynamic systems: (technical and biological) control systems; (artificial and natural) self-organizing systems; theory of evolution.


  • Dr. Frye Stipendium (1993) for ‘the most promissing Ph.D. research in theology’, University of Nijmegen.
  • Legatum Stolpianum Prize (Leiden University) (2001) for the book Doet God ertoe? [=Does God Make a Difference? An Interpretation of Whitehead’s Philosophy as a Contribution to a Theology of God’s Agency], a Dutch prize established in 1753, awarded once every five years for 'the best book in natural theology'.

Memberships (selection)

Member of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT) (1998-present).

Invited Member/Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) (2003-present).

Member of the Advisory Board, of the Book Series: Philosophical Studies in Science and Religion (PSSR) (Publ. Brill – Series Eds. D. Evers & J. Van Slyke) (2009-present).