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Scott Robert Sehon (born 1963) is an American philosopher and a professor of philosophy at Bowdoin College. His primary work is in the field of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of action, and the free will debate. He is the author of Teleological Realism: Mind, Agency and Explanation (MIT University Press, 2005) in which he takes a controversial, non-causalist view of action explanation.[1][2] Sehon has also published in the area of Philosophy of Religion, with a particular focus on the problem of evil[3] and whether or not religious faith is a necessary foundation for morality.[4]

Scott R. Sehon
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Born (1963-11-25) November 25, 1963 (age 55)
Alma materPrinceton University
Harvard University
Scientific career
Philosophy of mind
Free will
InstitutionsBowdoin College

Sehon received his B.A. in philosophy from Harvard University, where he worked with Warren D. Goldfarb, and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton University, where he worked with Mark Johnston and Harry Frankfurt. His thesis was titled: "Action Explanation and the Nature of Mental States."



  1. ^ See Carol Slater's review in Psyche,
  2. ^ See Carl Ginet's review in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research,;jsessionid=F68FC7CEB981778619CF5894975E5A13.d02t03
  3. ^ Scott Sehon, "The Problem of Evil: Skeptical Theism Leads to Moral Paralysis"
  4. ^ What Does it Mean to be Good? Two Scholars, Christian and Secular, Share Their Views,


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