Garrett, Don

DON GARRETT (Ph.D., Yale), came to NYU in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence. He has also taught at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Utah. He works primarily in early modern philosophy, with special interests in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and ethics. He is the author of Cognition and Commitment in Hume’s Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Hume (Routledge, forthcoming) and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza (Cambridge University Press, 1996). He has served as co-editor of Hume Studies and as North American editor of Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and was Carnegie Centenary Professor at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.




  • Hume on Reason, Normativity, and the Title Principle,” in The Oxford Handbook of Hume, edited by Paul Russell (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014)
  • Hume’s Theory of Causation: Inference, Judgment, and the Causal Sense,” in The Cambridge Companion to Hume’s Treatise, edited by Donald C. Ainslie (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014)
  • Liberty and Suspension in Locke’s Theory of the Will,” in A Companion to Locke, edited by Matthew Stuart (Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming 2014)
  • Representation and Misrepresentation in Spinoza’s Philosophy of Mind,” in The Oxford Handbook of Spinoza, edited by Michael Della Rocca (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014)
  • What’s True about Hume’s ‘True Religion’?Journal of Scottish Philosophy 10.2 (September 2012): 199-220 [Target Article for 2012-2013]
  • A Reply on Spinoza’s Behalf,” in Spinoza and German Idealism, edited by Yitzhak Melamed and Eckart Förster (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012): 248-264
  • Rethinking Hume’s Second Thoughts About Personal Identity,” in The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding: Essays for Barry Stroud, edited by Jason Bridges, Niko Kolodny, and Wai-hung Wong (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Reason, Induction, and Causation: A Dialogue Between Don Garrett and Peter Millican,University of Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Occasional Papers, 2011
  • Once More into the Labyrinth: Kail’s Realist Explanation of Hume’s Second Thoughts about Personal Identity” [book symposium], Hume Studies 36.2 (November 2010): 77-88
  • Feeling and Fabrication: Rachel Cohon’s Hume’s Morality” [book symposium], Hume Studies, 34.2 (November 2008, appeared in 2010): 257-266.
  • ‘Promising’ Ideas: Hobbes and Contract in Spinoza’s Political Philosophy,” in Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise: A Critical Guide, edited by Yitzhak Melamed and Michael Rosenthal (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010): 192-209
  • Spinoza’s Theory of Scientia Intuitiva,Scientia in Early Modern Philosophy, edited by Tom Sorrell, G.A.J. Rogers, and Jill Kraye (Springer, 2009): 99-116
  • “Difficult Times for Humean Identity?” [contribution to a book symposium on Donald L. M. Baxter’s Hume’s Difficulty: Time and Identity in the Treatise], Philosophical Studies 146.3 December 2009): 435-443
  • Spinoza on the Essence of the Body and the Part of the Mind That Is Eternal,” in A Companion to Spinoza’s Ethics, edited by Olli Koistinen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009): 284-302
  • The First Motive to Justice: Hume’s Circle Argument Squared,Hume Studies 33.2 (November 2007; appeared in August 2009): 257-288
  • “Hume” in The Oxford Handbook of Causation, edited by Helen Beebee (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009): 73-91
  • Descartes, Spinoza, and Locke on Extended Thinking Beings,Topics in Early Modern Philosophy of Mind, edited by Jon Miller (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2009): 85-104
  • Representation and Consciousness in Spinoza’s Naturalistic Theory of the Mind and Imagination,” in Interpreting Spinoza: Critical Essays, edited by Charles Huenemann (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008): 4-25
  • Should Hume Have Been a Transcendental Idealist?” in Kant and his Predecessors, edited by Daniel Garber and Béatrice Longuenesse (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008): 193-208.
  • “Reasons to Act and Reasons to Believe: Naturalism and Rational Justification in Hume’s Philosophical Project,” Philosophical Studies 132.1 (January 2007): 1-16
  • Hume’s Naturalistic Theory of Representation,Synthese 152.3 (October 2006): 301-319
  • ‘A Small Tincture of Pyrrhonism’: Skepticism and Naturalism in Hume’s Science of Man,” in Pyrrhonian Skepticism, edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004): 68-98
  • Hume as ‘Man of Reason’ and ‘Women’s Philosopher’,” in Feminist Reflections on the History of Philosophy, edited by Charlotte Witt and Lilli Alanen (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2004): 171-192
  • Locke on Personal Identity, Consciousness, and ‘Fatal Errors’,Philosophical Topics 31.1-2 (Spring/Fall 2003): 95-125
  • The Literary Arts in Hume’s Science of the Fancy,Kriterion 44.108 (July-December 2003)
  • Spinoza’s Conatus Argument,” in Spinoza’s Metaphysics: Central Themes, edited by John I. Biro and Olli Koistinen (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002): 127-158
  • “Précis” and “Reply to My Critics” [symposium with David Owen and Charlotte Brown on Cognition and Commitment in Hume’s Philosophy], Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61.1 (January 2001): 185-189, 205-215
  • “Owen on Humean Reasoning,” Hume Studies 26.2 (November 2000): 291-303
  • “Teleological Explanation in Spinoza and Early Modern Rationalism,” in New Essays on the Rationalists, edited by Charles Huenemann and Rocco J. Gennaro (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999): 310-335
  • “Ideas, Reason, and Skepticism: Replies to My Critics [Margaret Wilson, Peter Millican, and Robert Fogelin; Hume Society symposium on Cognition and Commitment in Hume’s Philosophy],” Hume Studies 24:1 (April 1998): 171-194
  • Spinoza’s Theory of Metaphysical Individuation,” in Individuation in Early Modern Philosophy, edited by Jorge Gracia and Kenneth Barber (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994): 73-101
  • “The Representation of Causation and Hume’s Two Definitions of Cause,” Noûs 27.2 (June 1993): 167-190; reprinted in The Empiricists, edited by Margaret Atherton (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998)
  • “Spinoza’s Necessitarianism,” in God and Nature: Spinoza’s Metaphysics, edited by Yirmiyahu Yovel (Leiden: Brill, 1991): 191-218; reprinted in The Rationalists, edited by Derk Pereboom (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999)
  • “Truth, Method, and Correspondence in Spinoza and Leibniz,” Studia Spinozana 6 (1990): 13-43
  • “‘A Free Man Always Acts Honestly, Not Deceptively’: Freedom and the Good in Spinoza’s Ethics,” in Spinoza: Issues and Directions, edited by Edwin Curley and Pierre–François Moreau (Leiden: Brill, 1990): 221-238
  • Ethics Ip5: Shared Attributes and the Basis of Spinoza’s Monism,” in Central Themes in Early Modern Philosophy: Essays Presented to Jonathan Bennett, edited by J. A. Cover and Mark Kulstad (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1990): 69–107
  • “Truth and Ideas of Imagination in the Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione,” Studia Spinoza 2 (1986): 56-86
  • “Causal Empiricism and Mental Events,” Philosophical Studies 49.5 (May 1986): 393–403; reprinted in David Hume: Critical Assessments, edited by Stanley Tweyman (London: Routledge, 1995): 194-204.
  • “Priority and Separability in Hume’s Empiricism,” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 67.3 (September 1985): 270-288; reprinted in Hume: General Philosophy, The International Library of Critical Essays in the History of Philosophy, edited by David W. D. Owen (Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing Company, 2000): 71-89
  • “Hume’s Self–Doubts About Personal Identity,” The Philosophical Review 90.3 (July 1981): 337–358; reprinted in Hume: General Philosophy, The International Library of Critical Essays in the History of Philosophy, edited by David W. D. Owen (Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing Company, 2000): 411-432
  • “Spinoza’s ‘Ontological’ Argument,” The Philosophical Review 88.2 (April ; reprinted in Essays on Early Modern Philosophy: From Descartes and Hobbes to Newton and Leibniz, Volume 10, Baruch de Spinoza, edited by Vere Chappell (Hamden: Garland, 1994): 130-155
Updated on 09/30/2015