Tim O'Connor


Courses Taught


Ontology of Mind
Fundamental Ontology
Free Will
Universals and Particulars
Epistemic Justification
Evil and Design
Objects in Space and Time
Truthmaking and Fundamentality
Metaphysics of Theism

Upper Division

Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Action Theory
Space and Time
Medieval Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy
Free Will
Faith and Reason
Science and Religion

Lower Division

Elementary Logic
Symbolic Logic
Introduction to Philosophy
God, Evil, and Evidence
Evolution and Religion
Introduction to Ethics

Visiting Lecturer (2-week intensive graduate courses)

Science and Religion Tsinghua University, Beijing
Aspects of Responsibility Central European University, Budapest

PhD Thesis Director

  1. James Edwards, “Justification as Intra-Personal Argumentation,” 1999.
  2. Karen Brown, “Unthought-of Possibilities and the Sources of Belief,” 2002.
  3. Brian Morton, “Ineffability and Self-Refutation: Non-Monotonic Logic in the Thought of Pseudo-Dionysius, Sextus Empiricus, and the Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita,” 2003.
  4. Jennifer Wolsing, “Free at Last: A Libertarian Defense of Free Will,” 2005.
  5. Kevin Kimble, “Phenomenal Character and Intentional Content: A Non-reductive Proposal,” 2006.
  6. Jonathan Jacobs, “Causal Powers: A Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysic,” 2007.
  7. Georg Theiner, “The Extended Mind,” 2008.
  8. Jaeho Lee, “Humean Supervenience and Humean Theories of Scientific Explanation,” 2010.
  9. John Ross Churchill, “Causal Exclusion and the Nature of the Mental,” 2010.
  10. Allen Gehring, “Truthmaker Theory and Its Applications,” 2012
  11. Philip Woodward, “Towards a Theory of Mental Content” 2015
  12. Tufan Kiymaz, “Phenomenal Knowledge of Physics Facts: What Mary Didn’t Know About Physicalism” (co-chair) 2017
  13. Hao Hong, “Truthmaking and Identity” in progress (2018)
  14. David Fisher, “Loosen Up: Logical Tools for Metaphysics” in progress
  15. Nicholas Montgomery, “Ontology and Arbitrariness” in progress
  16. Tim Leisz, “Ontic Indeterminacy and Material Composition” in progress
  17. Harrison Waldo, “Testimonial Injustice” in progress
* Member of thesis committee for 21 other completed theses
* Examiner of 5 international PhD theses

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Supervisor

  1. Brian Sweeney, “‘Common Sense’ and the Theory of Knowledge,” 1996.
  2. Benjamin Singer, “Complete Liberation: The Sacred Biography of Tibetan Buddhist Master Gyalwang Lama Karma Lobsang,” 1999.
  3. Hong Yu Wong, “Making Sense of Multiple Realizability,” 2001.
  4. Paul Weaver, “A More Robust Understanding of Basicality,” 2001.
  5. Eric Charles, “Material Composition,” 2005.
  6. Matthew Laird, “The Evolution of Freedom,” 2006.
  7. Derrick Murphy, “The Problem of Universals,” 2007.
  8. Christopher Austin, “Essentialism,” 2008.
  9. Laura Frances Goins, “Faith and Sensibility,” 2011
  10. Michael Thomas, “Aristotle and Aquinas: Why Can’t We Be Friends (with God)?,” 2012
  11. Faiz Kidwai, “The Problem of Divine Hiddenness” 2013
  12. Erica Ridderman, “Free Will and the Possibility of Eternal Separation from God” 2014
  13. Nicholas Hartman, “Aquinas on Malice” 2015
  14. Dane Kirchoff-Foster, “The Limits of Just War Theory” 2017