- Faculty Bios
- Division of Social Studies
- Brian Conolly
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Division Head, Division of Social Studies
Hall College Center
Academic Program Affiliation(s)
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
- Environmental Ethics
- Ancient Greek Philosophy
- Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
- 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.
- "Incommensurability and the Intensively Infinite Power of God in Ockham's Quodlibets".
Canadian Society of Medievalists Congress, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton,
- "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.