Professor of Philosophy
PhD Columbia University, 1981
AOS: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science
Southern Methodist University
Hyer Hall 211C P.O. Box 750142
Dallas TX 75275-0142
My main area of research
has been causation. I have
proposed theories in the three main areas of the metaphysics of
what is it for two events to be causally connected? (2) What accounts for
asymmetry or direction? (3) What kinds of things, for example objects or
events, can stand in causal relations?
Philosophy of Science
In the philosophy of science, I have
the concept of a function and goal-directed processes, including the
what distinguishes a mere effect of a thing, say an organ, from its
I am interested in and have published papers on
nature of personal identity.
Objects and Object Persistence
I have published a number of
papers on objects
and persistence. The broad topic of these papers concerns the question
objects are related to their properties.
The Problem of Universals
I am working on developing a nominalist
of properties according to which properties are particulars.
The Problem of Mental Causation
I am interested in the challenge
presented by physicalism of showing how a mind could have any causal
role in a
causally closed physical world.
I have published papers in the area of
and Persistence: A Theory
Causation (New York: Oxford University Press), 1997.
- Tropes : Properties, Objects, and Mental Causation (New York: Oxford I+University Press), 2011
Asymmetry," The Journal of
Philosophy 79 (1982) pp. 761-774.
Transference Theory of Causation," Synthese 67
(1986), pp. 249-258.
and Trivial Facts," Analysis 47 (1987) pp. 50-54.
Relata," Synthese, 73
(1987) pp. 319-328.
Direct Causation, and Identity," Synthese 85 (1990) pp. 55-70.
Causation, Determinables, and Property Instances," Nous 30 (1996) pp. 461-480.
Temporary Intrinsics, and Momentary Tropes," Analysis 57 (1997)
Parts and Bundle Theory," Philosophical
Studies 104 (2001) pp. 163-168.
Relations Between Universals," The
Australasian Journal of Philosophy 80 (2002) pp. 17-23.
Causal Argument Against Natural Class Trope Nominalism," Philosophical Studies 107 (2002)
Physicalism and Mental Causation," 136 (2003) Synthese pp.359-388.
Counterparts and Natural Class Trope Nominalism," 82 (2004) The Australasian Journal of Philosophy pp. 436-454.
Universals From Particulars," 64 (2004) Analysis pp. 326-332.
Handbook on Causation, eds. Beebee, Hitchcock, Menzies, Oxford
University Press (2009).
"Abstracting Away from
Preemption," The Monist 2009 92, pp. 41-71.
Theories of Causation,", ed. Tad
Schmaltz, in Philosophical Concepts Series, Oxford University Press (2009).
Work in Progress
Tropes (book manuscript submitted to Oxford University Press) "Contemporary Theories of Causation.”
Other than that
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