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William Jaworski
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

M.A. University of Notre Dame

B.A. University of Dallas

Research Interests

Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion


Contact information

Philosophy Department

Fordham University
113 W. 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
212-636-6588 (office)

212-636-7153 (fax)

Recent Publications


Structure and the Metaphysics of Mind:
How Hylomorphism Solves the Mind-Body Problem (Oxford University Press, 2016)


Structure & the Metaphysics of Mind: How
                  Hylomorphism Solves the Mind-Body Problem (Oxford
                  University Press)

Philosophy of Mind: A Comprehensive Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Chapter 12 Persons

Chapter 13 Free Will


Philosophy of Mind: A Comprehensive Introduction

Journal articles and other contributions


“Mind-Body Theories and the Emotions.” In The Ontology of Emotions, Hichem Naar and Fabrice Teroni, eds. (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Why Materialism Is False, and Why It Has Nothing To Do with the Mind.Philosophy (forthcoming).
    *Specially commended in the 2015 Philosophy Prize Essay Competition.

“Hylomorphism: Emergent Properties without Emergentism.” In Biology and Subjectivity: Philosophical Contributions to Non-Reductive Neuroscience, Miguel Garcia-Valdecasas and Nathaniel Barrett, eds. (Springer, forthcoming).  

“Rules and Virtues.” In Of Elephants and Toothaches: Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Decalogue, Eva Badowska and Francesca Parmeggiani, eds. (Fordham University Press, forthcoming).

“Swinburne on Substances, Properties, and Structures.” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 6 (2014): 17-28.

“Hylomorphism and the Metaphysics of Structure.” Res Philosophica 91 (2014): 179-201.

“Hylomorphism and Resurrection.” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 5 (2013): 197-224.

“Powers, Structures, and Minds.” In Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism, Ruth Groff and John Greco, eds. (Routledge 2012).

“The Logic of How-Questions.” Synthese 166 (2009): 133-55.

“Mind and Multiple Realizability.” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

“Introduction to Rescher’s Metaphysics.” In Reason, Method, and Value: A Reader on the Philosophy of Nicholas Rescher, Dale Jacquette, ed. (Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, 2009), 355-64.


“Review of Dmitris Platchias’ Phenomenal Consciousness: Understanding the Relation between Experience and Neural Processes in the Brain.” Mind 123 (2014): 956–959.

“Review of Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False.” Faith and Philosophy 31 (2014): 8-12.

“A Material Mind? Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False.” Marginalia Review of Books, October 30, 2013.



Recent Presentations

“The Hylomorphic Worldview: A Twenty-First Century Rebirth,Worlds Apart? Aristotelian and Contemporary Engagement in Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Biology, University of Utah, April 2016.

“Hylomorphism and Antireductionism,American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, March 2016.

“Hylomorphism and the Metaphysics of Mind,Fordham-Rutgers Metaphysics of Mind Conference, February 2016.

“Hylomorphism, Powers, and Perception,Powers, Perception, and Agency Conference. Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies, The British School at Rome, September 2015.

“Persons, Animals, and Clinical Normality,Thirteenth International Conference on Persons, Boston University, August 2015.

“Hylomorphism Solves the Problem of Downward Causation,” Aristotelian Solutions to Contemporary Philosophical Problems. Indiana-Purdue University, April 2015.

“Embodied Spirits or Spiritual Bodies?” (with Howard Robinson) The John C. and Jeanette D. Walton Lectures in Science, Philosophy, and Religion, March 2015.

“Structure in the World: The New Hylomorphism,” The Fordham-Rutgers Metaphysics of Mind Conference. Fordham University, March 2015.

“Do We Need a Mental-Physical Distinction?” University of Dallas, Invited Lecture, November 2014.

“Virtues and Powers,” ACPA Annual Meeting, October 2014.


Fordham Conversations: Can Spirit Exist in a Physical World? By Chris Williams. 90.7WFUV FM, December 7, 2013.

“Minds, Brains, and the Human Soul.” The John C. and Jeanette D. Walton Workshop in Science, Philosophy, and Religion.

  • Lecture 1: Our Place in the Universe (October 8, 2013)
  • Lecture 2: Consciousness and the Physical Sciences (October 30, 2013) Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Lecture 3: Spirit in a Physical World (November 22, 2013)

“Hylomorphism: Naturalism without Physicalism,” Naturalistic Dualism Conference: Alternatives to Physicalism, Fordham University, October 2012

“Hylomorphism, Emergentism, and Mental Causation.” International Conference: Minds, Human and Divine – Explorations at the Interface of Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Religion, Fürstenried Palace, München, August 2012.

“Spirit in a Physical World: Hylomorphism and Christian Eschatology.” Hochschule für Philosophie München, Templeton Foundation Summer School, July 2012.

“Mechanisms, Patterns, and Minds,” University of Mississippi Department of Philosophy Invited Lecture, April 2012.

“Hylomorphism: What It Is and What It Isn’t.” The American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, November 2011.

“Hylomorphism and the Problems of Mind,” Minds, Brains, and Souls: Society of Christian Philosophers Eastern Regional Conference, March 2011.

“Animalism and Personhood.” The American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, February 2010.