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Education and careerEdit

He has a BA from the University of Toronto and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton University in 1968.[1] He taught at Stanford University and the Australian National University and since 1992 at the University of Colorado Boulder.[2]

Philosophical workEdit

Tooley has worked on philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, causality and metaphysical naturalism,[3] and has debated the existence of God with William Lane Craig.[4][5] His early paper "Abortion and Infanticide," arguing that there is no moral difference between them and that both are permissible, has been controversial.[6][7][8]


  • Abortion – Three Perspectives (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Knowledge of God (with Alvin Plantinga, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2008)
  • Metaphysics (New York: Garland Publishing, 1999). In five volumes: Volume 1 - Laws of Nature, Causation, and Supervenience; Volume 2 - The Nature of Time; Volume 3 - Properties; Volume 4 - Particulars, Actuality, and Identity; Volume 5 - Necessity and Possibility.
  • Time, Tense, and Causation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997)
  • Causation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Readings in Philosophy Series, 1993). Co-edited with Ernest Sosa.
  • Causation: A Realist Approach (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987)
  • Abortion and Infanticide (Oxford, 1985 [1983])

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ About Tooley Archived 2013-11-23 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Tooley, Michael (1977). "The Nature of Laws". Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 7 (4): 667–698.
  4. ^ Transcript of Debate With Craig
  5. ^ Video of Debate With Craig
  6. ^ Tooley, M. "Abortion and Infanticide". Philosophy and Public Affairs 2:1 (Autumn 1972): 37-65, at 52-53.
  7. ^ Tooley, M. 1984. "In Defense of Abortion and Infanticide". In Pojman and Beckwith 1998: 209-233.
  8. ^ Don Marquis and Michael Tooley on abortion and personhood

External linksEdit

  • "Michael Tooley". Philosophy. University of Colorado Boulder.