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McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy


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Thomas W. Polger

Title: Department Head | Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science
Office: 206B McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-6324

Areas of Specialization

Thomas Polger's research is located at the intersection of contemporary philosophy of mind with metaphysics and philosophy of science. His work is organized around the long-term project of exploring how to understand conscious experience as a natural feature of biological organisms. Among his interests are the metaphysics of experience, the role of evolutionary theory in thinking about minds, the nature of color vision, and the relation between psychological explanations and those in biology and the neurosciences. He is also interested in metaphilosophical issues concerning naturalism and philosophical methodology.


  • Ph.D., Duke University, 2000 (Philosophy).
  • B.A., Syracuse University, 1992 (Selected studies in cognitive science).

Research Information

Research Interests

Detailed information about Prof. Polger's research and publications, including online drafts, can be found on his web page.