Robert C. Koons

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Robert C. Koons
EmployerUniversity of Texas at Austin

Robert Koons (/knz/) is an American philosopher. He is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas (UT), noted for his contribution to metaphysics and philosophical logic. Koons has also advocated for academic freedom and courses on Western civilization.

Educational activities[edit]

Koons has been involved in debates over issues of academic freedom[1] and has advocated for college exit exams as he believes the measures used currently don't measure how well students learn.[2] He led an effort at UT to create a concentration in Western Civilization and American Institutions.[3] The goal of the program was to promote the study of the "Great Books" of the Western tradition, especially the American founding. Koons stated that the program transcended political differences.[4]

Koons is a national Senator of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, as well as a member of the executive committee of the Society of Christian Philosophers.

Contemporary metaphysics[edit]

Koons is co-editor, with George Bealer, of The Waning of Materialism: New Essays in the Philosophy of Mind (Oxford University Press, 2010),[5] a collection of articles by leading analytic philosophers critical of physicalism and materialism. He is engaged in contributing to contemporary metaphysics and the philosophy of religion, including Metaphysics: The Fundamentals (with co-author Timothy Pickavance; Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)[6] and The Atlas of Reality: A Comprehensive Guide to Reality (with co-author Timothy Pickavance; Wiley-Blackwell, 2017)[7].



  1. ^ Liscano, M (2001-10-16). "U. Texas faculty concerned with potential stifling of opinion". The Daily Texan.[dead link]
  2. ^ Nolen, J (2000-09-01). "Two U. Texas profs seek college exit exams". The Daily Texan.
  3. ^ Ludwig, M (2007-09-19). "Colleges failing in civics". San Antonio Express-News. My San Antonio. Retrieved 2010-08-29.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Cohen, P (2008-09-21). "Conservatives Try New Tack on Campuses". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  5. ^ "The Waning of Materialism". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 13 July 2014. ISBN 9780199556199
  6. ^ "Metaphysics: The Fundamentals". Wiley. Jan 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2014. ISBN 978-1-4051-9574-4
  7. ^ "The Atlas of Reality: A Comprehensive Guide to Reality". Wiley. Feb 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2019. ISBN 978-1-119-11609-7

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