Michael Futch - Faculty & Adjuncts

Michael Futch, PhD

Michael Futch, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy
College of Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion
918-631-2962 Chapman Hall Room 238


PhD – Emory University BA – University of Florida-Gainesville


Michael Futch's research centers on early modern natural philosophy and metaphysics, with a special emphasis on the philosophy of space, time, and causality in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Though his principle focus in this period is on the philosophy of Leibniz, he has also worked on Malebranche, Hobbes, and Spinoza. Beyond this period, Futch has interests in the history and philosophy of science more generally. Much of his current work is on competing conceptions of causality and how these ramify in other areas of the philosophy of science.

Areas of expertise: Modern Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Time

Teaching Interests

Modern Philosophy
Mind, Consciousness, and Self
Philosophy of Science
History of Ethics
Ethics and the Problems of Society
Great Conversation
Socrates to Sartre: Ideas that Shaped the World
Topics in Philosophy and Religion
History and Philosophy of Science
The Enlightenment and Its Critics



  • Leibniz’s Metaphysics of Time and Space (Springer, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 2008)

Journal Articles

  • Futch , M. Norris and the Soul’s Immortality. Vol. 58, International Philosophical Quarterly, 2018, pp. 43-60.
  • “Leibnizian Relationalism and Temporal Essentialism,” Studia Leibnitiania (2013)

  • “Leibniz on the Logical Order of Time,” Intellectual History Review (2012)

  • “The Dogma of Necessity: Royce on Nature and Scientific Law,” The Pluralist (2011)

  • “Leibniz on Time and Substance,” Idealistic Studies (2006)

  • “Leibnizian Causation,” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2005)

  • “Leibniz on Infinite Temporal Regressions,” International Philosophical Quarterly

  • “Augustine on the Successiveness of Time,” Augustinian Studies (2002)

  • “Leibniz on Plenitude, Infinity, and the Eternity of the World,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2002)

  • “Leibniz’s Non-Tensed Theory of Time,” International Studies in the Philosophy of Science(2002)

  • “Supervenience and (Non-Modal) Reductionism in Leibniz’s Philosophy of Time,” Studies in
    the History and Philosophy of Science

Book Chapters

  • Futch , M. “Leibniz on Compossibility and the Unity of Space”. Für Unser Glück Order Das Glück Anderer, Georg Olms Verlag, 2017, pp. 429-40.

Book Reviews

  • Futch , M. Laws of Nature, Eds. Walter Ott and Lydia Patton. Review of Metaphysics, 2019.
  • Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything, by Philip Ball, HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (2014)

  • Leibniz, God, and Necessity, by Michael Griffin, Notre Dame Philosophical Review (2013)

  • Machines of Nature and Corporeal Substance in Leibniz, ed. by Justin Smith and Ohad Nachtomy, Metascience (2012)

  • La metaphysique du temps chez Leibniz et Kant, by Adrian Nita, Leibniz Review (2011)

  • Substance and Intelligibility in Leibniz’s Metaphysics, by Jan Polkaska, Journal of the History of Philosophy (2011)

  • Hegelian Metaphysics, by Robert Stern, Review of Metaphysics (2010)

  • Leibniz: Body, Substance, Monad, by Dan Garber, MetaScience, essay review (2010)

  • Spinoza’s Ethics, by Steven Nadler, Philosophical Books (2008)

  • Leibniz and the Natural World, by Pauline Phemister, Journal of the History of Philosophy (2007)

  • Descartes’ System of Natural Philosophy, by Stephen Gaukroger, Philosophical Books, (2003)

  • Substance and Individuation in Leibniz, by J. A. Cover and John O’Leary-Hawthorne. Journal of the History of Philosophy, (2001, co-reviewed with Donald Rutherford)

  • Causation in Early Modern Philosophy, by Kenneth Clatterbaugh. Philosophical Books, (2000)

Courses Taught

  • Senior Seminar
  • Socrates to Sartre: Ideas That Shaped Our World
  • History of Ethics
  • Reasoning
  • Great Conversation I: Ancient and Medieval
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Independent Study
  • First Seminar
  • Ethics and the Problems of Society
  • Modern Philosophy