L.A. Paul is Eugene Falk Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Professorial Fellow at St Andrews University in Scotland.
She specializes in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science, focusing on questions concerning transformative experience, decision theory, the nature of the self, time, temporal experience, mereology, causation, and identity. She also has interests in methodology and the philosophy of science. She is the author of Transformative Experience (Oxford Univ. Press: 2014) and is co-author, with Ned Hall, of Causation: A User’s Guide (Oxford Univ. Press: 2013). She is currently writing a book on transformative experience and the nature of the self to be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Other publications include: “Aspect Causation” Journal of Philosophy (2000), “Logical Parts” Noûs (2002), “The Context of Essence” Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2004), “Coincidence as Overlap” Noûs (2006), “In Defense of Essentialism” Philosophical Perspectives (2006), “Temporal Experience” Journal of Philosophy (2010), “Building the World from its Fundamental Constituents” Philosophical Studies (2012), “Metaphysics as Modeling” Philosophical Studies (2012), “What you can’t expect when you’re expecting” Res Philosophica (2015), and “Transformative Treatments” Noûs (2016).