Robert Pasnau
Professor • Director, Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy


T 3:00-4:00pm, W 2:00-3:00pm; and by appointment


Robert Pasnau (PhD, Cornell, 1994) works mainly in the areas of mind and knowledge. His research has run from the Presocratics all the way to contemporary thought, but at present is focused mainly on the late scholastic and early modern era. Professor Pasnau is editor of the Hackett Aquinas, and of the forthcoming Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy. An earlier book, Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature, won the APA Book Prize in 2005.

For more information, see Professor Pasnau's personal website.


selected papers

  • “Democritus and Secondary Qualities,” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 89 (2007) 99-121.
  • “Mind and Extension (Descartes, Hobbes, More)” in H. Lagerlund (ed.) Forming the Mind: Essays on the Internal Senses and the Mind/Body Problem from Avicenna to the Medical Enlightenment (Dordrecht: Springer, 2007).
  • A Theory of Secondary Qualities,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73 (2006) 568-91.
  • Form, Substance, and Mechanism,” Philosophical Review 113 (2004) 31-88.
  • “Human Nature” in A. S. McGrade (ed.)The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2003), 208-30.
  • What is Sound?Philosophical Quarterly 49 (1999) 309-24.