Tim O'Connor

Tim O'Connor

Professor, Philosophy


  • PhD Cornell University 1992

Research interests



free will



  • investigator on 4-year (2019-23), $7M grant to study the neuroscience of free will, with a team of 16 neuroscientists and philosophers

Representative publications

Free Will (2018)
Timothy O'Connor and Chris Franklin
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,

The Emergence of Personhood: Reflections on The Game of Life (2015)
Timothy O'Connor
The Emergence of Personhood: A Quantum Leap?, 143-162

"Top-down Causation: An Integrating Theme Within and Across the Sciences?" (themed journal issue) (2012)
co-editors: George F.R. Ellis, Denis Noble, and Timothy O'Connor
Interface Focus: A Journal of the Royal Society, 2 1-140

Emergence and the Metaphysics of Group Cognition (2010)
Timothy O'Connor and Georg Theiner
Emergence in Science and Philosophy, 78-117

Nonreductive Physicalism or Emergent Dualism? The Argument from Mental Causation (2010)
Timothy O'Connor and John Churchill
The Waning of Materialism: New Essays, 261-279

A Companion to the Philosophy of Action (edited volume) (2010)
co-editors: Timothy O'Connor and Constantine Sandis

Conscious Willing and the Emerging Sciences of Brain and Behavior (2009)
Tim O'Connor
Downward Causation and the Neurobiology of Free Will, 173-186

The Metaphysics of Emergence (2005)
Timothy O'Connor and Hong Yu Wong
Nous, 39 259-279

Dissertation Committee Service

Author Dissertation Title Committee
Demir, Hilmi Error Comes with Imagination: A Probabilistic Theory of Mental Content (August 2006) Schmitt, F. (Co-Chair), Allen, C. (Co-Chair), O'Connor, T., Weinberg, J.
Gonnerman, C Concepts in Psychology: Towards a Better Hybrid Theory O'Connor, T. (Co-Chair), Weinberg, J (Co-Chair)
Jones, D Primitive Agency Schmitt, F., (Chair)., O'Connor, T, Ludwig, K., Beer. R.,
Theiner, G From Extended Minds to Group Minds: Rethinking The Boundaries of the Mental Goldstone, R. (Co-Chair), O'Connor, T. (Co-Chair)