Michael Futch PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion


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

Ph.D., Emory University
B.A., University of Florida-Gainesville

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

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


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

Book Chapter

Futch, Michael. “Leibniz on Compossibility and the Unity of Space.” Für Unser Glück Order Das Glück Anderer. Georg Olms Verlag, 2017. 429–440. Print.

Book Reviews

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)

Journal Articles

Futch, Michael. “Norris and the Soul's Immortality.” International Philosophical Quarterly 58.1 (2018): 43–60. Print.

“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 (2004).

“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 (2002)

HON 2003 Enlightenment and Its Critics
HON 2013 History and Philosophy of Science
PHIL 1003 Socrates to Sartre: Ideas That Shaped Our World
PHIL 1063 Ethics and the Problems of Society
PHIL 2013 Reasoning
PHIL 3013 Modern Philosophy
PHIL 3023 History of Ethics
PHIL 3073 Metaphysics
PHIL 4973 Senior Seminar
REL 4973 Senior Project