Robert Koons

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Robert Koons is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas (UT). Koons has 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 a forthcoming textbook, Metaphysics: The Fundamentals, (with co-author Timothy Pickavance; Blackwell-Wiley, to appear January 2015).[6]



  1. ^ Liscano, M (2001-10-16). "U. Texas faculty concerned with potential stifling of opinion". The Daily Texan. 
  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. 
  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