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Walter Ott

Professor & Director Of Graduate Studies

B.A. Philosophy, Alfred University
M.A. Philosophy, University of Virginia
Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Virginia 

AOS: Modern Philosophy, through Kant
AOC: Ancient; Philosophy of Mind; Metaphysics


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.