Professor Robert C. Koons Professor of Philosophy University of Texas at Austin
I teach metaphysics, philosophy of religion, philosophical logic, and ancient and medieval philosophy at the University of Texas. I've been at UT for 31 years, after having studied philosophy at Michigan State, Oxford and UCLA.
I have authored four books, Paradoxes of Belief and Strategic Rationality(Cambridge Univ., 1997), Realism Regained (Oxford Univ., 2000), Metaphysics: The Fundamentals (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), The Atlas of Reality (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), the last two with Timothy Pickavance,and co-edited two anthologies, The Waning of Materialism (OUP, 2010, with George Bealer), and Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science (Routledge 2018, with William Simpson and Nicholas Teh).
I'm the president of the Texas Association of Scholars, the statewide affiliate of the NAS, and I am Senator-at-Large of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. In 2014-15, I was a visiting research fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.
I'm working on a comprehensive metaphysical theory, in the perennial tradition of Aristotle and Aquinas, and in a contemporary 'analytic' idiom. The theory is an "all of the above" ontology: universals (both essential and accidental), structures, events, processes, causal powers, and merely possible things. The set of basic material entities comprises homogeneous continua and organisms, but no artifacts or heaps. I defend a novel (purely modal) version of the A-Theory of time, one that includes past events as present entities. I'm especially interested in working out the details of an account of processes, including social practices.
I also have an ongoing interest in natural theology, especially the First Cause argument, as well as in the relations (both historical and philosophical) between Christian theology and natural science.