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I am Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rochester.  I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in November 2007.  I taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 2007-2015, and at Colgate University in 2006-2007.

My main areas of research are metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. I am especially interested in the metaphysics of properties and relations, including the ontology of mental and normative properties.  I also work on the relation of grounding (non-causal determination) and associated areas (fundamentality, truthmaking, explanation, metametaphysics, etc.).  Some of my other interests are causation, consciousness, composition and constitution, personal identity, freedom and moral responsibility, and moral generalism.

I have been fortunate to teach a variety of different different courses, including:  Metaphyics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Ethical Theory, Symbolic Logic, Early Analytic Philosophy, Advanced Philosophical Writing, Critical Reasoning, and of course Introduction to Philosophy.

My non-philosophical interests include fitness and weightlifting, bowling, dressing to match my son, playing the piano, cooking (read:  eating), and playing fiercely competitive Nintendo with my wife. Until December 2012, I had the single best dog in the four-dimensional cosmos.  (I hope one day to command an army of French Mastiffs.)  In Omaha, I had a close relationship with the snakes that lived in my garage door.  I hope I can eventually return to performing stand-up comedy.
Paul R. Audi
Associate Professor of Philosophy