Stephen Ogden

Tracey Family Associate Professor of Philosophy

Stephen  Ogden

306 Malloy Hall



Ph.D., Yale University

Research Interest

Arabic-Islamic Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Curriculum Vitae

I like a very wide spectrum of philosophy, but my primary research interests are in classical Islamic philosophy, especially the psychology, metaphysics, and epistemology of Averroes (Ibn Rushd) and Avicenna (Ibn Sīnā). I also work in medieval and ancient philosophy more broadly, as well as philosophy of religion. My new book is Averroes on Intellect: From Aristotelian Origins to Aquinas’s Critique (Oxford University Press, 2022).

I came to Notre Dame in 2021, after teaching for several years at The Catholic University of America. Prior to that I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University.

I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Yale University in 2015, an M.A.R. in Philosophy of Religion at Yale Divinity School, and a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis. After undergrad, I lived and taught in Egypt.

In addition to philosophy, I like coffee, running, the outdoors, and my family.

Representative Publications

Averroes on Intellect: From Aristotelian Origins to Aquinas's Critique (Oxford University Press, 2022).

“Avicenna and Spinoza on Essence and Existence.” In A Companion to Spinoza, edited by Yitzhak Melamed (Wiley-Blackwell, 2021).

“Averroes’s Unity Argument against Multiple Intellects,” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 103 (2021).

“Avicenna’s Emanated Abstraction,” Philosophers’ Imprint 20 (2020).

“Ibn Rushd and Aquinas on God’s Causal Omniscience,” The Muslim World 109 (2019).

“Problems in al-Ghazālī’s Perfect World: Objections and Counter-Objections to His Best Possible World Thesis.” In Islam and Rationality: The Impact of al-Ghazali, Vol. 2, edited by Frank Griffel (Brill, 2016).