Allison Krile Thornton

Allison Krile Thornton

Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy

Areas of Interest

  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Biology


Professor Krile Thornton works in metaphysics. Her primary research is on personal identity: what persons are, how they persist, and whether those facts matter. In particular, she has written on animalism, the view that we are animals. She is also interested in philosophy of biology, bioethics, and philosophy of religion.

Previously, Professor Krile Thornton was a visiting graduate fellow at the University of Notre Dame's Center for Philosophy of Religion. She was also a graduate fellow with the Society of Christian Philosophers, where she worked on an interdisciplinary project connecting the metaphysics of the human person to research in biology. She received her Ph.D. from Baylor University in 2018.

Selected Publications

  • “Varieties of Animalism”, Philosophy Compass (2016).

  • “Disembodied Animals”, American Philosophical Quarterly (Forthcoming).

  • Review of Libertarian Free Will: Contemporary Debates (David Palmer, ed.), Faith and Philosophy (2016).

  • Review of Animalism: New Essays on Persons, Animals, and Identity (Stephan Blatti and Paul Snowdon, eds.), Review of Metaphysics (Forthcoming).


  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Metaphysics