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John W. Carroll is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at NC State University. His research focuses on metaphysics, the philosophy of science, and rational choice, especially the topics of laws of nature, causation, explanation, time travel and the prisoner’s dilemma.



More Information:


John’s CV


Selected Papers/Drafts:


An Unstable Eliminativism

Boundary in Context (Revised)

Context, Conditionals, Fatalism, Time Travel and Freedom

Nailed to Hume's Cross?

Review of Alexander Bird's Nature's Metaphysics

Review of John T. Robert's The Law-Governed Universe

Self Visitation, Traveler Time and Compatible Properties


Web Development:


SEP Entry: Laws of Nature

A Time Travel Website

Philosophy of Science Module


John's Picture






Laws of Nature

Readings on Laws of Nature

An Introduction to Metaphysics (with Ned Markosian)


Contact Information:

Office: Withers Hall, Room 457

E-mail: carroll[at]

Office Hours Spring 2014: Wed-nesdays 9:00 AM - noon. No office hours 9:00 AM - noon on 3/12/14 (spring break). Extra exam office hours: Monday 5/5/14 9:00 AM - noon.