Graham Clay | 5+1 Postdoc

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, concerned Hume’s account of knowledge. For the 2019-2020 academic year, I am a 5+1 Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. I did my undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

My doctoral advisor was Samuel Newlands (Notre Dame) and my committee consisted of Don Garrett (NYU), Blake Roeber (Notre Dame), and Katharina Kraus (Notre Dame).

Recent and Upcoming Talks

April 8th-11th, 2020: I was to present “What Makes Hume an External World Skeptic?” at the Pacific APA in San Francisco, CA. [canceled due to COVID]
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.


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: