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Nathan Rockwood

Associate Professor

4089 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602


Commonly Taught Courses

Phil 110: Introduction to Philosophy
Phil 202: History of Philosophy 2 (1500 to present)
Phil 422: Epistemology


Nathan Rockwood is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University. Prior to this appointment, he received his Ph.D in philosophy at University of California, San Diego and taught at Virginia Tech.

His research to this point has focused mostly on early modern epistemology and metaphysics. He has published articles in the History of Philosophy Quarterly (forthcoming) and Locke Studies (2013 and 2016) on how, in Locke’s view, sense perception grounds knowledge of the existence of objects and their properties. He also has published papers on miracles and the laws of nature in the Southern Journal of Philosophy and the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, the latter of which won second place in the 2017 ACPQ Rising Scholar Essay Contest.

Another area of his research concerns the philosophy of religion. In addition to the work on miracles mentioned above, in an article forthcoming in Sophia, he presents a novel approach to explaining how human freedom is compatible with divine foreknowledge. He is currently writing about how Locke thinks that revelation can provide evidence for religious belief and about Descartes’ theological explanation for the laws of physics.

Outside the walls of academia, Nate likes to watch movies, hike, talk with his wife, and spend time with their four boys.


Ph.D    Philosophy, University of California San Diego (June 2014)
M.S.    Philosophy, University of Utah (May 2008)
B.A.    Philosophy, University of Utah (May 2006)
B.A.    Film Studies, University of Utah (May 2006)


Early Modern Philosophy, especially Locke & Descartes
Philosophy of Religion


Courses Taught