Gregg Caruso

Associate Professor
Classroom, (C201R)
Gregg Caruso

Dr. Gregg D. Caruso is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Humanities Department at CCC. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from William Paterson University, and his M.Phil and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He is the author of Free Will and Consciousness: A Determinist Account of the Illusion of Free Will (2012), and the editor of Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility (2013) as well as Science and Religion: 5 Questions (2014). In 2012, he was awarded the Regional Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Caruso's research interests include philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and metaphysics. He is particularly interested in consciousness and free will. His most recent work focuses on the problem of free will and the phenomenology of freedom. In particular, he argues that our subjective feeling of freedom, as reflected in the first-person phenomenology of agentive experience, is an illusion created by certain aspects of our consciousness. His broader work engages issues at the intersection of the behavioral, cognitive, and neurosciences. He is especially interested in theoretical accounts of consciousness, and what recent developments in the behavioral, cognitive, and neuro-sciences can tell us about human agency and free will.

Dr. Caruso's other interests include ethics, social and political philosophy, moral responsibility, and the clash between religious and scientific worldviews.

Favorite Course to Teach

Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1010)

Personal Glimpse

As a dedicated teacher and trained philosopher, Dr. Gregg D. Caruso believes teaching philosophy is simple; He strives each and every day to engage, challenge, and inspire active learning and personal growth in his students. Dr. Caruso's personal motto, which he repeatedly tell his students, is that “It is not my job to tell you WHAT to think, rather it is to get you TO think.” The primary goal of philosophy, a goal that he is passionately committed to, is to provide students with the skills necessary to analyze and think critically about life’s most important issues. Dr. Caruso strongly believes that education is the solution to many social problems, and that the critical thinking skills involved in philosophy are general skills that will benefit students in every facet of daily life. This is why he wakes up each morning with one goal in mind; to facilitate learning, and to provide students with the tools necessary to make informed decisions, synthesize ideas, critically evaluate issues, and live meaningful and productive lives.

CCC Regional Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award
Award of Excellence
Awarded by the Faculty Assembly of Corning Community College for "Outstanding Service by a New Faculty Member"
Writing Fellowship, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Brooklyn College


  • "Preface" Science and Religion: 5 Questions, ed. Gregg D. Caruso, New York: Automatic Press/VIP (2014). 2014
  • Co-author (with David M. Rosenthal), “Bibliography 1971-2000,” in Materialism and the Mind-Body Problem, revised edition, ed. David M. Rosenthal, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 2000. 2014
  • Science and Religion: 5 Questions. Caruso, Gregg D. (ed.) (2014). New York: Automatic Press/VIP. 2014
  • Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility. Caruso, Gregg D. (ed.) (2013). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2013
  • Free Will and Consciousness: A Determinist Account of the Illusion of Free Will. Caruso, Gregg D. (2012). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2012
Book Section/ Chapters
  • “Introduction: Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility” Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility, ed. Gregg Caruso, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2013). 2013
  • “Compatibilism and the Folk Psychology of Free Will” An Anthology of Philosophical Studies, Vol. V, ed. Patricia Hanna, Athens, Greece: ATINER (2011): 215-226. 2011
  • “Sensory States, Consciousness, and the Cartesian Assumption” Descartes and Cartesianism, eds. Nathan Smith and Jason Taylor, Cambridge Scholars Press (2005): 177-199. 2005
Journal Articles
  • “The Folk Psychology of Free Will: An Argument against Compatibilism” Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 26 (2012): 56-89. 2012
  • “Consciousness and Free Will: A Critique of the Argument from Introspection” Southwest Philosophy Review 24, 1 (January 2008): 219-231. 2008
  • “Realism, Naturalism, and Pragmatism: A Closer Look at the Views of Quine and Devitt” Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 21 (2007): 64-83. 2007
  • “A Defense of the Adverbial Theory” Philosophical Writings 10, Spring (1999): 51-65. 1999
  • “Necessity, Truth and Existence in Descartes’ Second Meditation” The Carlton University Student Journal of Philosophy 17, 1 (1997). 1997
Book Reviews
  • “A Review of David Cockburn’s An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind” Metapsychology 6, 26 (2002). 2002
  • “A Review of Nicholas Humphrey’s How to Solve the Mind-Body Problem” Philosophical Writings 18, Autumn (2001): 51-53. Reprinted in Metapsychology 5, 46 (2001). 2001