Brendan Lalor

Associate Professor, Philosophy Program Coordinator

(802) 468-1294
Leavenworth Hall
Room 161
6 Alumni Drive


Brendan Lalor became a full time philosopher at Castleton in 2008, after teaching for a decade at the University of Central Oklahoma. His teaching career started over the border, though, in Albany, NY at the College of Saint Rose, where he taught Ancient Philosophy. He specializes in philosophy of mind and cognitive science. But his interests include existentialism, philosophy of emotion, social and political philosophy, ecological philosophy, philosophy of technology, and some philosophy of language.

Brendan enjoys music, hiking, amateur mycology, food, and gardening. His “Navigator Stout” once placed fourth in the American Homebrewers Association stout competition. But now he brews only kombucha. He loves being a Castleton professor; and he loves living in Vermont.


M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
B.A., College of Saint Rose


  • Professor Lalor writes and edits for the Open Philosophy Project, a growing anthology of online, annotated texts in philosophy.
  • He has proposed some philosophical interpretations of film, including Fight Club (1999) and I Heart Huckabees (2004).
  • His articles appear in peer-reviewed journals:
    • “Intentionality and Qualia,” Synthese 121, 249-289, 1999.
    • “Swampman, Etiology, and Content,” Southern Journal of Philosophy 36, 215-232, 1998.
    • “The Antilogistic Puzzle of Hume’s Appendix to the Treatise,” Philosophical Inquiry 20, 22-30, 1998.
    • “It Is What You Think: Intentional Potency & Anti-Individualism,” Philosophical Psychology 10, 165-178, 1997.
    • “Rethinking Kaplan’s “Afterthoughts” about ‘That': An Exorcism of Semantical Demons,” Erkenntnis 47, 67-88, 1997.
    • “The Classification of Peirce’s Interpretants,” Semiotica 114-½, 31-40, 1997.
  • Professor Lalor has taught Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Love, Existentialism, Ancient Philosophy, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Logic, Critical Thinking, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Language and Mind, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Consciousness, and Embodied Cognition.