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Dr. Robert Koons

University of Texas at Austin
Professor of Philosophy

Rob Koons is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught since 1987. Koons specializes in metaphysics, philosophical logic and philosophy of religion. He is the author of two books, Paradoxes of Belief, and Realism Regained, the co-author (with Tim Pickavance) of Metaphysics: the Fundamentals (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), and the co-editor (with George Bealer) of the The Waning of Materialism (Oxford University Press, 2010). Koons earned a B. A. in philosophy at Michigan State, a B.A. with First Class Honours in Philosophy & Theology at Oxford, and a Ph.D. at UCLA. He has written over fifty articles. He was elected in 2009 as a Senator-at-Large of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He is a Visiting Research Fellow for 2014-15 at the James Madison Program at Princeton University. 

Since 2007, Koons has been working with the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the National Association of Scholars in higher education reform efforts. Koons is the president of the Texas state chapter of NAS, and a senior fellow at the Austin Institute and the Witherspoon Institute.