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Prof. Tim O'Connor

Email: toconnor@indiana.edu

Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~scotus/

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.

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