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Dr. BRENNER, Andrew Timothy

Assistant Professor
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CEC 903
Full CV  
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, U.S.A.
  • MA, University of Notre Dame, U.S.A.
  • BA, University of North Florida, U.S.A.
Work Experience:
  • Wuhan University, China
  • University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • University of Notre Dame, U.S.A.
Courses Taught:
  • GFVM 1036 Happiness: East and West
  • GFVM1045 Matters of Life and Death
  • RELI4047 Mind in Chinese Buddhist Philosophy
Teaching Areas:
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Ethics
  • Buddhist Philosophy
Research Areas:
  • Metaphysics
Recent Publications:
  • “Mereology and Ideology.” Synthese. Forthcoming
  • “Ontological Pluralism, Abhidharma Metaphysics, and the Two Truths: A Response to Kris McDaniel.” Philosophy East and West. Forthcoming
  • “How Does God Know That 2+2=4?” Religious Studies. Forthcoming
Selected Outputs:
  • “Theism and Explanationist Defenses of Moral Realism.” Faith and Philosophy. Vol. 35, Issue 4 (October 2018), pp.447-463
  • “Science and the Special Composition Question.” Synthese. Vol. 195, Issue 2 (February 2018), pp.657-678
  • “Simplicity as a Criterion of Theory Choice in Metaphysics.” Philosophical Studies. Vol. 174, Issue 11 (November 2017), pp.2687-2707
  • “Mereological Nihilism and Personal Ontology.” The Philosophical Quarterly. Vol. 67, Issue 268 (July 2017), pp.464-485
  • “What Do We Mean When We Ask ‘Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?’ ” Erkenntnis. Vol. 81, Issue 6 (December 2016), pp.1305-1322
Selected Conference Presentations:
  • Thinking about Theory Choice: A Wuhan-Leeds Workshop in Philosophy, Wuhan University. “In Defense of Theoretical Virtues.” October 2019
  • The 2019 Swedish Congress of Philosophy, Umeå University. “Explaining Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing.” June 2019
  • Colloquium in the Department of Philosophy, the University of Hamburg. “Conditional Probabilities and Symmetric Grounding.” May 2019
  • Research Colloquium in Theoretical Analytical Philosophy, Aarhus University. “Explaining Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing.” November 2018
Selected Research Grants:
  • "The Mystery of Personal Identity", Early Career Scheme, General Research Fund, Research Grants Council Hong Kong. 2021-23, Role: PI