Name: Dr. Andrei A. Buckareff
Title: Associate Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Cognitive Science Program
Office Location: Fontaine 325
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2691
Personal Web Page:
Degrees Held:

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Rochester, 2005


I am originally from the West Coast (born in Seattle, growing up in Alaska and California).

I live in Ulster County with my wife, son, and two cats.


Apart from doing philosophy, I enjoy skateboarding, snowboarding, vegan cooking, brewing beer, hiking, cinema, and listening to live and recorded music (I'm particularly fond of post-punk, post-rock, and post-metal).

Awards & Honors:

John Templeton Foundation Grant with Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham) for our project, "Pantheism and Panentheism," 2017-2019

James A. Cannavino Library Faculty Award for Scholarship, Marist College, 2015

John Templeton Foundation Grant with Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham) for our project, "Exploring Alternative Concepts of God," 2011-2013

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Grant to participate in the Seminar on Metaphysics and Mind, Washington University in St. Louis, June 8-July 17, 2009, directed by John Heil


My CV (with a complete list of publications) can be found here

PhilPapers Profile (including links to papers not listed below)

Books Edited:
Alternative Concepts of God: Essays on the Metaphysics of the Divine (co-editor with Yujin Nagasawa) (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016). information here,  Reviewed in Religious Studies Review (reviewer: Christophe Porot), Reviewed in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science (Reviewer: Mladen Turk), Reviewed in Journal of Analytic Theology (Reviewer: Jeanine Diller),Reviewed in International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (Reviewer: Randy Everist)

Agency, Freedom, and Moral Responsibility (co-editor with Carlos Moya and Sergi Rosell) (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015) information here Reviewed in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (reviewer: Robyn Repko Waller), Reviewed in Metapsychology (reviewer: Mattias Gunnemyr)

New Waves in the Philosophy of Action(co-editor with Jesús Aguilar and Keith Frankish) (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010) information here
Reviewed in Australasian Journal of Philosophy (reviewer: Ryan Cox), Metapsychology (reviewer: María Navarro)

Causing Human Actions: New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action (co-editor with Jesús Aguilar)(Cambridge, MA: MIT Press/A Bradford Book, 2010) information here
Reviewed in Ethics (reviewer: Scott Sehon), Analysis (reviewer: Maria Alvarez), Philosophical Psychology (reviewer: Zachary Martin), Mind (reviewer: Olav Gjelsvik), Philosophy in Review (reviewer: Christopher Franklin)

Philosophy of Action: 5 Questions(co-editor with Jesús Aguilar) (London: Automatic Press/VIP, 2009) available here
Reviewed in Metapsychology by Neil Levy

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

"Mental Overpopulation and Mental Action: Protecting Intentions from Mental Birth Control," Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (2007), 49-66

"Strategic Reliabilism and the Replacement Thesis in Epistemology," Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 47 (2008), 425-437.

"Agency, Consciousness, and Executive Control"(with Jesús Aguilar), Philosophia 37 (2009), 21-30.

"Surviving Resurrection" (with Joel Van Wagenen--a Marist alumnus and former student of mine), International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 67 (2010), 123-39.

"How Does Agent-Causal Power Work?," The Modern Schoolman: Special Issue on Free Will and Moral Responsibility 88 (2011): 105-121.

"An Action Theoretic Problem for Intralevel Mental Causation," Philosophical Issues 22 (2012): 89-105.

"Hell and the Problem of Evil" (with Allen Plug), in Daniel Howard-Snyder and Justin McBrayer, eds., The Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil (128-43). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

"Deciding to Believe Redux," in Jonathan Matheson and Rico Vitz, eds., The Ethics of Belief (33-50). New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Legal Agreements and the Capacities of Agents" (with Lara E. Kasper-Buckareff) in Enrique Villanueva, ed., Law and the Philosophy of Action (195-220). Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014.

"Escaping Hell but not Heaven" (with Allen Plug), International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 77 (2015): 247-253.

"Pantheism and Saving God," Sophia 55 (2016): 347-355.

"A Critique of Substance Causation," Philosophia 45 (2017): 1019-1026.

"Divine Love and Hell" (with Allen Plug), In Yujin Nagasawa and Benjamin Matheson, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of the Afterlife (197-214). New York: Palgrave, 2017.

"Theistic Consubstantialism and Omniscience," Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion (forthcoming)

"I'm Just Sitting Around Doing Nothing: On Exercising Intentional Agency in Omitting to Act," Synthese (forthcoming)

"Time, Leeway, and the Laws of Nature: Why Humean Compatibilists Cannot be Eternalists," Metaphysica: International Journal for Ontology and Metaphysics.

Book Reviews for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Review of Gregg Caruso, Free will and consciousness: A determinist account of the illusion of free will,"Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2012)

"Review of Giuseppina D'Oro and Constantine Sandis, Reasons and Causes: Causalism and Anti-Causalism in the Philosophy of Action," Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2014)

"Review of John Hyman, Action, Knowledge, and Will." Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2016)

Research Interests:

Metaphysics: metaphysics of science (including causal powers/dispositions, causation, and laws of nature), metaphysics of race and ethnicity

Philosophy of Mind and Agency: causal theories of intentional agency (including mental agency and omissions), mental causation, and reasons-explanations of action

Philosophy of Religion: alternative conceptions of the divine, the problem of hell, cognitive science of religion

Philosophy of Cognitive Science: mechanisms of attitude-formation, racial cognition

Conferences & Workshops:

Participant in Experimental Philosophy of Free Will Workshop and Bootcamp, Yale University, August 12-13, 2011, directed by Joshua Knobe and Shaun Nichols

Participant in NEH Summer Seminar on Metaphysics and Mind, Washington University in St. Louis, June 8-July 17, 2009, directed by John Heil


  • American Philosophical Association
  • Aristotelian Society
  • Asociación Latinoamericana de Filosofía Analítica
  • Australasian Association of Philosophy
  • Cognitive Science Society
  • Society for Philosophy of Agency
  • Society for the Metaphysics of Science
  • Society for Philosophy and Psychology
  • Society for Philosophy of Religion



Selected Recent and Upcoming Presentations:

"Reducing Two-Way Powers," Conference on Mental Action and the Ontology of Mind, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study at the University of London, London, U.K., November 16-17, 2017; Philosopher's Holiday, Department of Philosophy, Vassar College, April 4, 2018; Philosophy Colloquium, Department of Philosophy, Bard College, April 24, 2018

"Unity, Ontology, and the Divine Mind," Brackenridge Conference on the Work of Mark Johnston, University of Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, October 11-12, 2017; 2018 Meeting of the Society for Philosophy of Religion, New Orleans, LA, March 1-3, 2018



I am an Associate Editor for the journal, Science, Religion, and Culture

I am also the area editor for Action Theory, Causal Theory of Action, and Pantheism at PhilPapers

Finally, I am a founding member of the Organizing Committee for the Society for Philosophy of Agency

Interviews with me on PBS's Closer to Truth series can be found here

Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot interview

Some open-source philosophy journals

The Australasian Journal of Logic, Critica: Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Disputatio, Ergo, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Philosophers' Imprint,  SWIF Philosophy of Mind Review

Other resources

The John Anderson Archive (University of Sydney): Anderson was one of the most influential figures in Australian philosophy in the first half of the 20th Century, directly influencing some of the greatest metaphysicians to come from Australia--even if they did not finally accept Anderson's system in the end (e.g., D.M. Armstrong, J.L. Mackie, and George Molnar). Anderson is, in my mind, one of the most under-appreciated philosophers of the 20th Century.

The Philosophical Lexicon: If you've wondered how to use "castañeda" (as in Hector-Neri Castañeda) as a verb, now you can learn how.

List of the published works of C.B. Martin: In my humble opinion, the most underrated philosopher in recent history.

A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand


Joy Division Official Site