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Professor Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

Professor Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra is a CUF lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy, and fellow and tutor in Philosophy at Oriel.

He also holds the post of Senior Tutor at Oriel.  To contact him in his role as Senior Tutor, please email Enquiries may be also be addressed to the Academic Registrar on:

Professor Rodriguez-Pereyra completed his undergraduate degree at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, in Argentina, and his graduate work at the Faculty of Philosophy at Cambridge (first at Peterhouse and then at Churchill College). He was a student of D H Mellor. After a couple of years as Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, he took up his first permanent post as a lecturer at the Philosophy Department at Edinburgh.

In 2001 he came to Oxford, where he had a CUF lectureship at the Philosophy Faculty and a fellowship at Hertford College (coupled with a lectureship at Oriel). In 2005 he 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, he came back to Oxford, with exactly the same kind of post he had had before (a CUF lectureship), but this time wholly based in Oriel.

Professor Rodriguez-Pereyra normally teaches 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). 

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

One of Professor Rodriguez-Pereyra’s non-philosophical interests is tennis. He plays it sometimes (he has occasionally played with students), but mostly goes to tournaments to watch his heroes.