Prof. Tim O'Connor
Timothy O’Connor is Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University and a member of its Cognitive Sciences Program. He received the Ph.D. in philosophy in 1992 from Cornell University. He has been a research fellow at the University of Notre Dame and the University of St. Andrews and is currently a visiting fellow at Oriel College, Oxford. Dr. O'Connor is a specialist in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion. He has lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and is the author of sixty scholarly articles and two books and is a contributing editor of five other volumes.
Dr. O’Connor has written extensively on philosophical questions concerning human free will, the topic of his first book. In the last several years, He has become especially interested in considering the emerging sciences of brain and behavior and the question of whether and how they pose challenges to ordinary notions of freedom and moral responsibility. He is also interested in exploring God's causal relation to the universe and the relationship of theistic and scientific explanations.
Dr. O’Connor’s 2008 book Theism and Ultimate Explanation touches on some preliminary science-religion issues. He has recently lectured on the in-built limits of scientific explanation and the complementary role of theistic explanations. He has also taught university courses addressing this topic, as well as a first-year university course entitled "Philosophical Reflections on Evolution and Religion."
He is the editor of and contributor to a forthcoming volume of essays titled Religious Faith and Intellectual Virtue. He is currently writing a book to be titled Thinking About Faith: Philosophy, Science, and Christian Belief.
Recent selected publications:
Theism and Ultimate Explanation, Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.
Downward Causation and The Neurobiology of Free Will, co-edited with George F. R. Ellis and Nancey Murphy. Understanding Complex Systems series, New York: Springer, 2009.
A Companion to the Philosophy of Action, co-edited with Constantine Sandis. Oxford: Blackwell, 2010.
Emergence in Science and Philosophy, co-edited with Antonella Corradini, Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science, London: Routledge, 2010.
“Conscious Willing and the Emerging Sciences of Brain and Behavior,” in George F. R. Ellis, Nancey Murphy, and Timothy O’Connor, eds. Downward Causation And The Neurobiology Of Free Will. New York: Springer, 2009: 173-186.
“Emergence and the Metaphysics of Group Cognition” (with Georg Theiner), in Timothy O’Connor and Antonella Corradini, eds., Emergence in Science and Philosophy. Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Routledge, 2010: 78-117.
“Is Nonreductive Physicalism Viable Within a Causal Powers Metaphysic?” (with John Ross Churchill), in Graham and Cynthia Macdonald, eds., Emergence in Mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010: 43-60.
“Emergent Individuals and the Resurrection” (with Jonathan D. Jacobs), European Journal For Philosophy of Religion 2, 2010: 69-88.
“Agent Causal Theories,” in Robert Kane, ed., Oxford Handbook of Free Will, 2nd Rev. Ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011: 309-328.
“Agent Causation in a Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysics” (with Jonathan D. Jacobs), for R.D. Ingthorsson and Sophie Gibb, eds., Mental Causation and Ontology. Oxford University Press, 2011.
“Religious Pluralism,” in K. Timpe, ed., Arguing About Religion. New York: Routledge, 2009: 81-92.
“The Argument from Consciousness Revisited” (with Kevin Kimble), Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Religion 3, 2011: 110-141.
“The Philosophical Implications of Emergence,” in James Haag, Gregory Peterson, and Michael Spezio, eds., Routledge Companion to Religion and Science. Routledge, 2011: 206-222.
“Could There Be a Complete Explanation of Everything?” in Tyron Goldschmidt, ed., The Puzzle of Existence: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing? Routledge Studies in Metaphysics, Routledge Press, 2013.