Laurie Paul

Professor of Philosophy

Laurie Paul’s main research interests are in metaphysics, cognitive science, and the philosophy of mind. In her work, she explores questions about the nature of the self, decision-making, temporal experience, philosophical methodology, causation, causal experience, time and time’s arrow, perception, mereology, constitution, and essence. Her most recent book, Transformative Experience was published by the Oxford University Press, as was her book Causation: A User’s Guide (with Ned Hall), which won the American Philosophical Association’s Sanders Book Prize in 2014. Before coming to Yale as a professor in the Philosophy Department, she held the position of the Eugene Falk Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Paul received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1999.