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Brian Conolly

Professor Brian Conolly

Associate Professor of Philosophy


Hall College Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Social Studies, Philosophical Studies

Areas of Specialization

  • Ancient and medieval philosophy


Research Interests: Theories of motion, infinity and continuity, Averroes

Teaching Interests: Ethics, metaphysics

Other Interests: Music, birding, hiking

Favorite/Regular Courses Offered

  • Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • Metaphysics
  • Ad Infinitum
  • Islam, God, and the Philosophers
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Hume and Kant


PhD, Indiana University
BA & MA, Stanford University

Dr. Conolly teaches a range of courses in the history of philosophy and in contemporary philosophy, but he specializes in ancient and medieval philosophy. His dissertation investigated ancient and medieval theories of matter and chemical mixture,and he has presented papers on medieval theories of the intellect at several philosophy conferences. In addition to a number of studies on the metaphysics of identity and change, Dr. Conolly is currently preparing critical editions of several 13th-century Averroist commentaries on the Liber de causis. He has been teaching at Simon's Rock since 2006.



  • “The Form of Corporeity and Aptitudinal Form in Dietrich von Freiberg's Defense of the Doctrine of the Unity of Substantial Form" in Charles Bolyard and Rondo Keele, editors, Essays in Later Mediaeval Metaphysics, Fordham University Press, 2012.
  • “Averroes, Thomas Aquinas, and Giles of Rome on How This Man Understands”. Vivarium 45, 2007.


  • "Incommensurability and the Intensively Infinite Power of God in Ockham's Quodlibets". Canadian Society of Medievalists Congress, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, 2011.
  • "Kantian Impartiality, Deliberation, and Moral Motivation". Conference paper presented at the New England Political Science Association, Portland, ME, 2009.
  • "The Interpenetration of the Elements in Dietrich von Freiberg's Theory of the Mixed Body". Conference paper presented at the 8th International Medieval Congress, Leeds University, Leeds, UK, 2008.