Elliot Paul

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Assistant Professor | Barnard College

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).
Areas of Specialization: 

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.