Timothy O’Connor

Professor of Philosophy, Indiana University

Tim O’Connor is Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University, Bloomington and a member of its Cognitive Sciences Program. He specializes in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion. O’Connor received his doctorate in philosophy from Cornell University. He has held year-long research fellowships at the Universities of Notre Dame, St. Andrews, and Oxford and delivered 150 academic lectures in 20 countries. O’Connor has published over 70 scholarly articles and is the author of two books — Persons and Causes: The Metaphysics of Free Will (2000) and Theism and Ultimate Explanation: The Necessary Shape of Contingency (2008) – and is now writing a third, provisionally titled Thinking About Faith: Philosophy, Science, and Christian Belief. He also has edited or co-edited six volumes of scholarly articles, most recently Religious Faith and Intellectual Virtue (2014). He is currently involved with the interdisciplinary Emergence Project at Durham University.

Participant In:

Complexity and Emergence

Saturday, November 15, 2014
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

Psychobiologist Roger Sperry proposed that, “mind and consciousness are dynamic emergent properties of the living brain in action.” This seemingly simple observation raises a host of questions. How do novel entities arise from self-organizing complex systems? If a system itself shows adaptive, self-organizing properties not attributable to its aggregate micro-potentialities—such that at each new level… read more »