Torin Alter

Torin Alter

Undergraduate Advisor

Office Hours

Spring 2024 Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday 9:00am-9:50am and by appointment


  • PhD, UCLA, 1995
  • MA, UCLA, 1987
  • BA, Hampshire College, 1985


Dr. Alter specializes in philosophy of mind and philosophy of language, especially consciousness and the mind-body problem.

Irving Alter Memorial Website

Selected Publications

  • The Matter of Consciousness: From the Knowledge Argument to Russellian Monism. Oxford University Press, 2023.
  • Physicalism, supervenience, and monism (co-written with Robert J. Howell). Forthcoming in Synthese. DOI: 10.1007/s11229-022-03965-8.
  • Russellian monism and structuralism about physics (co-written with Derk Pereboom), Erkenntnis 88, 2023: 1409-28.
  • “Russellian monism and mental causation” (co-written with Sam Coleman). Nous 55 (2), June 2021: 409-25 10.1111/nous.12318.
  • “The structure and dynamics argument.”  Nous 50 (4), December 2016: 794-815 10.1111/nous.12134
  • Consciousness in the Physical World: Perspectives on Russellian Monism (co-edited with Yujin Nagasawa). New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • “Social Externalism and the Knowledge Argument.” Mind 122  (2013): 481-96.
  • The God Dialogues: A Philosophical Journey (co-written with Robert J. Howell). New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • A Dialogue on Consciousness (co-written with Robert J. Howell). New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.