Michael Futch

Associate Professor of PhilosophyChair of Philosophy and ReligionChapman Hall 233

My 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 my principle focus in this period is on the philosophy of Leibniz, I have also worked on Malebranche, Hobbes, and Spinoza. Beyond this period, I have interests in the history and philosophy of science more generally. Much of my 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

Education and Degrees Earned

  • B. A. Philosophy, University of Florida 1993
  • Ph. D. Philosophy, Emory University 2001

Professional Affiliations

  • Sponsor of Phi Sigma Tau,
  • The National Philosophy Honors Society

Courses Taught at TU

  • Modern Philosophy (PHIL 3013)
  • Philosophy of Science (PHIL 3053)
  • Metaphysics (PHIL 3073)


  • “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’s Metaphysics of Time and Space
    2008 (book)
  • 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).
  • Supervenience and (Non-Modal) Reductionism in Leibniz’s Philosophy of Time
    Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science (2002).
  • Augustine on the Successiveness of Time
    Augustinian Studies (2002).
  • Leibniz’s Non-Tensed Theory of Time
    International Studies in the Philosophy of Science (2002).
  • Leibniz on Plenitude, Infinity, and the Eternity of the World
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2002).