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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Kara Richardson

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Associate Professor


Medieval and Renaissance Studies

537 Hall of Languages


Research and Teaching Interests

Kara Richardson works primarily in the history of philosophy. She focuses on Medieval Aristotelians, especially Avicenna, Aquinas and Suarez, as well as on Descartes. Her research interests are in the history of metaphysics, with a focus on causality. In addition to teaching courses in the history of philosophy, she regularly teaches PHI 297 Philosophy of Feminism.

Selected Publications

"Two arguments for natural teleology from Avicenna’s Shifā’" in History of Philosophy Quarterly, forthcoming.

"Formal Causality: giving being by constituting and completing," in Suárez on Aristotelian Causation, ed. Jakob Leth Fink. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

"Averroism" in Routledge Companion to Sixteenth Century Philosophy, eds. Benjamin Hill and Henrik Lagerlund. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

"Efficient Causation from Ibn Sīnā to Ockham" in Oxford Philosophical Concepts: Efficient Causation, ed. Tad Schmaltz. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 105-131.

"Avicenna and the Principle of Sufficient Reason" in Review of Metaphysics 67.4 (2014): 743-768.

"Avicenna's Conception of the Efficient Cause" in British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21.2 (2013): 220-239.

"Avicenna and Aquinas on Form and Generation" in The Arabic, Hebrew and Latin Reception of Avicenna's Metaphysics, eds. Dag Hasse and Amos Bertolacci. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2011, 251-274.