Mihretu Guta, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy

Photo of Mihretu Guta, Ph.D.


Mihretu P. Guta, Ph.D., 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. After completing a Ph.D., Guta spent a year at Durham University in the United Kingdom 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. 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, and book reviews in academic journals such as Philosophia Christi, Analysis, Journal of Consciousness Studies, and Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the journal of the American Scientific Affiliation. Guta has presented research/public lectures at Durham University, University of Vienna, University of Finland, Boston University, Biola University, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, and Ethiopia’s Evangelical Theological College. He is working on a book manuscript titled The Metaphysics of Substance and Personhood: A Non-Theory-Laden Approach.


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Durham University (United Kingdom)
  • M.A., Philosophy, Biola University
  • M.A., Science and Religion, Biola University
  • B.Th., Academic Theology, Evangelical Theological College (Ethiopia)

Academic Areas

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Honors College
  • School of Theology
    • Department of Philosophy


  • Consciousness Studies
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Science and Religion
  • The Philosophy of Cognitive Neuroscience

Courses Taught

  • PHIL 100 – Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 410 - Philosophy of Religion
  • WRIT 202 - Writing with CS Lewis
  • HON 300 - CORE IV
  • BIOT 516 - Ethics for Biomedical Products Industry