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Dr. John Abbruzzese, J.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office: Siena Hall 135
Tel.: 401-865-1030

Office Hours (Fall 2012):
Fridays, 11:30-2:20pm


J.D., Harvard Law School
M.A., Ph.D., Brown University


PHL 426 Metaphysics
PHL 360 Modern Philosophy
PHL 319 Philosophy of Religion
PHL 317 Theory of Knowledge
PHL 207 Philosophy of the Human Person
PHL 202 General Ethics

PHL 103 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 101 Logic
DWC 201-02 Development of Western Civilization

Scholarly Interests

Descartes, Hume, The Ontological Proof, Time, Persons, The Nature of Law, Intersections of Philosophy and Law

Selected Publications

  • ‘Do Descartes and St. Thomas Agree on the Ontological Proof?’ Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 89 (2008), 413-435.
  • ‘The Structure of Descartes’s Ontological Proof,’ British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 15, Issue 2 (May 2007), 253-282.
  • ‘A Reply to Cunning on True and Immutable Natures’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 15, No. 1 (February 2007), 155-167.
  • ‘On Using the Multiverse to Resolve the Paradoxes of Time Travel', Analysis, 61:1 (January 2001), 36-38.
  • ‘Garrett on Hume’s Compatibilism’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 8:2 (2000), 345-352.
  • ‘The Coherence of Omniscience: A Defense’, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 41 (February 1997), 25-34.

Current Work

'Writing Essays at the College Level': A Guide for Students (in progress)
'Existence, Predicates, and Kant’ (in progress)
'Epistemic and Legal Rights’ (in progress)

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