Elliot Paul

Assistant Professor

Elliot Samuel Paul (B.A. Toronto, Ph.D. Yale) works mainly in early modern philosophy and epistemology. He also has interests in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with a particular focus on philosophical issues surrounding creativity. From 2009-2011 he was Assistant Professor/ Bersoff Faculty Fellow at NYU.

Dr. Paul is co-editor of The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays (Oxford University Press, 2014). He has published articles on Descartes and on creativity, and he has completed a new monograph titled Clarity First: Rethinking Descartes’s Epistemology (forthcoming with Oxford University Press).

Academic Focus: 

Early Modern Philosophy; Epistemology; Creativity


In Fall 2017, Dr. Paul taught a seminar on the History of Epistemology from the Hellenistic period (especially Stoics vs. Skeptics) to the 17th century, focusing on competing accounts of what — if anything — justifies our judgments. Primary texts include selections from Cicero, Quintilian, Sextus Empiricus, Augustine, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Al-Ghazali, Teresa of Ávila, and Descartes.

In Spring 2018, Dr. Paul is teaching two large sections of Introduction to Philosophy.


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B.A., University of Toronto
Ph.D., Yale University