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Faculty: Kevin Corcoran

Kevin Corcoran, Professor, Philosophy

Hiemenga Hall 349

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curriculum vitae (.pdf)

Educational Background

PhD, Philosophy, Purdue University, 1997
MAR, Yale University, 1991 (Honors)
BA, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1988 (magna cum laude)


  • Fundamental Questions in Philosophy, Honors Section (153)
  • Metaphysics (283)
  • Minds, Brains, and Persons (318)

Research Interests

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Emerging Church, Philosophy for the Public


In Process: Incurably Human.

Church in the Present Tense: A Candid Look at What's Emerging (Baker Academic, 2011). Co-authored with Scot McKnight, Pete Rollins and Jason Clark.



Rethinking Human NatureRethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul. Baker Academic, 2006.

"Perhaps the most outstanding qualities of this book are its clarity and its generosity. Corcoran is able to present often-complex arguments in ways that folks who are not intimate with these discussions should nonetheless be able to follow. The humility with which he presents and argues for his own case is exemplary."
–Joel B. Green, Fuller Theological Seminary

Soul, Body, and SurvivalSoul, Body, and Survival: Essays on the Metaphysics of Human Persons. Cornell University Press, 2001.

Recent Publications/Presentations

"Human Persons are Material Only," in J.P. Moreland, Khaldoun A. Sweis, & Chad V. Meister (eds.), Debating Christian Theism (Oxford University Press, 2013).

"Constitution, Resurrection and Relationality,” in Georg Gasser (ed.), Personal Identity and Resurrection: How Do We Survive our Death? (Ashgate, 2010).

"Dualism, Materialism and the problem of Postmortem Survival,” in Kevin Timpe (Ed.), Arguing About Religion (Routledge, 2009).

Hobbies and Interests

Cycling, music, cooking

Additional information

Watch a video about Prof. Corcoran's popular Interim course, Pubs, Clubs, and Alternative Worship.

Pubs, Clubs, and Alternative WorshipInterim visit with Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Also, see what Prof. Corcoran has published in Books and Culture magazine (here and here) and read an exchange between him and author John Piper.