Walter Ott

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Modern Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology

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  • Office Address: 122 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: By appointment

My research focuses on metaphysics (especially causation and laws of nature) and philosophy of mind (especially perception) in the modern period.

Selected Publications

‘The Case Against Powers.’ In Causal Powers in Science: Blending Historical and Conceptual Perspectives. Ed. Benjamin Hill, Henrik Lagerlund, and Stathis Psillos. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming


‘Archetypes without Patterns: Locke on Relations and Mixed Modes.’ Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. Forthcoming


Descartes, Malebranche, and the Crisis of Perception. Oxford University Press, UK, 2017


Laws of Nature. Co-editor, with Lydia Patton. Oxford University Press, UK, 2017


‘Phenomenal Intentionality and the Problem of Representation.’ Journal of the American Philosophical Association 2, 1 (2016)


‘Leibniz on Sensation and the Limits of Reason.’ History of Philosophy Quarterly 33, 2 (2016)


‘Malebranche and the Riddle of Sensation.’ Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 88, 3 (2014)


‘What is Locke’s Theory of Representation?’ British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 20, 6 (2012)


Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy.  Oxford University Press, UK, 2009


‘Causation, Intentionality, and the Case for Occasionalism.’  Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 90, 2 (2008)


Locke’s Philosophy of Language.  Cambridge University Press, UK, 2004

Full-time Faculty

Nate Adams

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Barnes


Talbot Brewer


Ross P. Cameron

Professor & Director of Undergraduate Program

Jim Darcy

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, General Faculty

Torrance Fung

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, General Faculty

Brie Gertler

Commonwealth Professor

Paul Humphreys

Commonwealth Professor

Zachary Irving

Assistant Professor

Harold Langsam


Antonia LoLordo

Professor & Department Chair

Loren Lomasky

Cory Professor of Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law

Ian McCready-Flora

Assistant Professor

Trenton Merricks

Commonwealth Professor & Director of Placement

Walter Ott

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Jorge Secada

Professor & Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Rebecca Stangl

Associate Professor& Director of Graduate Admissions

Affiliated Faculty

Colin Bird

Associate Professor (Politics) & Director of Political Philosophy, Policy and Law

Erin Eaker

Association Dean & Assistant Professor

M. Jamie Ferreira

Professor Emerita (Religious Studies)

Kim Ferzan

Caddell & Chapman Professor of Law

Corin Fox

Association Dean & Assistant Professor

George Klosko

Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor (Politics)

Emeritus Faculty

James Cargile

Professor Emeritus

Daniel Devereux

Professor Emeritus

Cora Diamond

Kenan Professor of Philosophy Emerita

John Marshall

Professor Emeritus

A. John Simmons

John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Philosophy

George Thomas

Professor Emeritus

Visiting Faculty

Chia-Hua Lin

Post-Doctoral Fellow