Prof Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

Prof Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyrafellow and tutor in Philosophy

I am a CUF lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy, and fellow and tutor in Philosophy at Oriel. I did my undergraduate degree at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, in Argentina, and my graduate work at the Faculty of Philosophy at Cambridge (first at Peterhouse and then at Churchill College). I was a student of D H Mellor. After a couple of years as Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, I took up my first permanent post as a lecturer at the Philosophy Department at Edinburgh. In 2001 I came to Oxford, where I had a CUF lectureship at the Philosophy Faculty and a fellowship at Hertford College (coupled with a lectureship at Oriel). The photograph on the left dates from my time at Hertford – I look slightly older now, but that T-shirt has completely worn down. In 2005 I decided to leave Oxford, and took up, simultaneously, a professorship at the Philosophy Department at Nottingham and a professorship at the UTDT in Buenos Aires. But, two years later, I came back to Oxford, with exactly the same kind post I had had before (a CUF lectureship), but this time wholly based in Oriel.

My main philosophical interest, at present, is Leibniz. I have published mainly on Metaphysics and 17th Century Philosophy. Here is a list of my publications.

I normally teach the following undergraduate papers: General Philosophy (a first year introductory paper that includes topics in epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of mind), Leibniz-Clarke (a first year paper for Physics and Philosophy students, focusing on the correspondence between Leibniz and Clarke, which is mainly about the nature of space and time, but contains discussions about gravity, miracles, and necessity and possibility), Knowledge and Reality (a Finals paper dealing with some of the most basic problems in Epistemology (“Knowledge”) and Metaphysics (“Reality”)), and History of Philosophy from Descartes to Kant (a Finals paper focusing on the “big seven” of Philosophy during the 17th and 18th centuries). 

I supervise graduates in different topics in Metaphysics (I am particularly interested in supervising graduates working on the problem of universals and its solutions, truthmakers, identity of indiscernibles, metaphysical nihilism) and 17th Century Philosophy (I am particularly interested in supervising graduates working on Descartes, Locke, and Leibniz). 

One of my non-philosophical interests is tennis. I play it sometimes (I have occasionally played with students), but mostly go to tournaments to watch my heroes.