Walter Ott

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind

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  • Office Address: 105 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3:30-4:20, & by appointment

Walter Ott’s research focuses on metaphysics and philosophy of mind from the modern period on. His articles have appeared in such journals as Philosophy and Phenomenological ResearchArchiv fuer Geschichte der Philosophie, and the Journal of the American Philosophical Association. He is the author of Descartes, Malebranche, and the Crisis of Perception (Oxford, 2017), Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy (Oxford, 2009), Locke’s Philosophy of Language (Cambridge 2004), and co-editor, with Lydia Patton, of Laws of Nature (Oxford, 2018). His new book, The Metaphysics of Laws of Nature: The Rules of the Game, is forthcoming with Oxford.

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

Brie Gertler

Commonwealth Professor & Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs

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

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)

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

Paul Humphreys

Commonwealth Professor

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