Graham Clay

Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
email: gclay@nd.eduCV

I am a philosopher who specializes in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics, with a special focus on David Hume and other figures in the early modern period. My doctoral dissertation, which I defended in June of 2019 at the University of Notre Dame, concerned Hume’s account of knowledge. For the 2020-2021 academic year, I am an adjunct assistant teaching professor at Notre Dame. For the 2019-2020 academic year, I was a 5+1 Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar at Notre Dame. I did my undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Recent and Upcoming Talks

April 18th-19th, 2020: I and Michael Rauschenbach were to present “The Burden of Unity: Berkeley Between Hume and Spinoza” at the NYC Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy at Fordham University in New York City, NY. [postponed due to COVID]
June 4th-5th, 2020: I presented “What Makes Hume an External World Skeptic?” at the Western E-vent in Early Modern Philosophy online.
June 10th-12th, 2020: I was to present “Towards Establishing Locke’s General Ontology of Substance Dualism” at the 2020 International Conference of the John Locke Society in Naples, Italy. [postponed due to COVID]
July 6th-10th, 2020: I was to present “Hume’s Incredible Demonstrations” at the 47th International Hume Society Conference in Bogotá, Colombia. [postponed due to COVID]
November 10th, 2020: I will be presenting “Hume Should Deny the Law of Excluded Middle” at the Princeton-Bucharest Virtual Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy.
February 24th-27th, 2021: I will be presenting “Hume Should Deny the Law of Excluded Middle” at the Central APA in New Orleans, LA.
March 31st-April 4th, 2021: I will be presenting “What Makes Hume an External World Skeptic?” at the Pacific APA in Portland, Oregon.


Outside of philosophy, I really enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, whether it’s mountain biking, hiking, or birdwatching. Here are some photos of some of the places I’ve been, as well as some photos of me (and my wife Kourtney) in action: