Silver Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
New York University
5 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003
Ph.D., Princeton, 1987Personal Homepage: http://paulboghossian.com/
PAUL BOGHOSSIAN (Ph.D., Princeton, 1987), is Silver Professor of Philosophy and the director of the New York Institute of Philosophy. He also serves as Director of NYU's Global Institute for Advanced Study. He was Chair of Philosophy from 1994-2004.
His research interests are primarily in epistemology and the philosophy of mind, although he has written on a wide range of topics, including: color, rule-following, naturalism, self-knowledge, a priori knowledge, analytic truth, realism, relativism, the aesthetics of music and the concept of genocide.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Magdalen College (Oxford), the School of Advanced Study (University of London), and the Australian National University (Canberra). He has been a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a Fulbright Senior Specialist and is a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities.
He has also taught at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and at Princeton.
He serves on the Global Citizenship Commission headed by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and on the University of London's School of Advanced Study Strategic Advisory Board.
Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism,
Oxford University Press, 2006, 2007; also available in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese and Albanian translations.
Content and Justification: Philosophical Essays, Oxford University Press, 2008.
New Essays on the A Priori, (edited, with Christopher Peacocke),
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).
"The Maze of Moral Relativism". Essay from The Stone series in the New York Times, July 24, 2011. Stanley Fish's response is available under "Does Philosophy Matter?", and Paul Boghossian's rejoinder to it under "Does Philosophy Matter? - It Would Appear So. A Reply to Fish".
“Three Kinds of Relativism,”
in S. Hales (ed.) A Companion to Relativism,
“The Perception of Music,”
in The British Journal of Aesthetics,
“Review of Gillian Russell’s Truth in Virtue of Meaning,”
in Australasian Journal of Philosophy,
“Review of Mark Richard’s When Truth Gives Out,”
in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews,
May 15, 2010.
“The Transparency of Mental Content Revisited,”
in Philosophical Studies,
“The Concept of Genocide,”
in The Journal of Genocide Research 12 (2010), pp. 69-80,
“Our Grasp of the Concept of Truth: Reflections on Künne,”
in Bernecker and Pritchard (eds.): A Companion to Epistemology, (London: Routledge, 2010)
“Williamson on the A Priori and the Analytic,” in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, August 2010.
“Review of Michael Dummett's Thought and Reality,”
in TLS 2008.
“What is Relativism?”
in P. Greenough and M. Lynch (eds.),
Truth and Realism, Oxford University Press, 2006.
“Explaining Musical Experience,”
in Kathleen Stock (ed.):
Philosophers on Music,
forthcoming from Oxford University Press, 2006.
“Is Meaning Normative?”
in Christian Nimtz and Ansgar Beckermann (eds.):
Main Lectures and Colloquia of GAP.5,
Fifth International Congress of the Society for Analytical Philosophy,
Bielefeld, 2003, Mentis, 2005.
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society,
Supplementary Volume, no. 77, 2003, pp. 225–248.
“Epistemic Analyticity: A Defense,”
Grazer Philosophische Studien, vol. 66, 2003, pp. 15–35.
“On Hearing the Music in the Sound,” in
The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2002).
“How Are Objective Epistemic Reasons Possible?”
in Philosophical Studies, Dec 2001, pp. 340–380.
“The Gospel of Relaxation,”
(review of Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club),
The New Republic, September 2001
“What is Social Construction?”
in Times Literary Supplement, February 2001.
“Knowledge of Logic,”
in New Essays on the A Priori, (Oxford: OUP, 2000).
“What the Externalist Can Know A Priori,”
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society,
vol. 97, 1997, pp. 161–175.
vol. 30, no. 3, September 1996, pp. 360–391.
“The Transparency of Mental Content,”
Philosophical Perspectives, vol. 8, 1994, pp. 33–50.
“Physicalist Theories of Color,”
(with David Velleman),
vol. 100, no. 1, January 1991, pp. 67–106
“Naturalizing Content,” in Barry Loewer and Georges Rey (eds.):
Meaning in Mind: Fodor and his Critics
(Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1990), pp. 65–86.
“What the Sokal Hoax Ought to Teach Us,”
Times Literary Supplement, Dec. 13, 1996, pp. 13–14.
“The Status of Content,”
The Philosophical Review,
vol. 99, no. 2, April 1990, pp. 157–184.
“Colour as a Secondary Quality,”
(with David Velleman), Mind,
vol. 98, no. 389, January 1989, pp. 81–103.
“Content and Self-Knowledge,”
vol. 17, no. 1, Spring 1989, pp. 5–26.
“The Rule-Following Considerations,”
vol. 98, no. 392, October 1989, pp. 507–549
Seminar on the A Priori (with Crispin Wright), Spring 2014
Proseminar (with Crispin Wright), Fall 2012
Proseminar (with David Velleman), Fall 2010
Research Seminar on Mind and Language, Fall 2008
Proseminar (with David Velleman), Fall 2006
Topics in Epistemology (with Paul Horwich), Spring 2006
Thesis Prep Seminar, Spring 2004
Thesis Prep Seminar, Fall 2003
Epistemology, Spring 2003
Research Seminar on Language and Mind: Meaning, Rules, & Justification (with Paul Horwich), Spring 2002
Epistemology (with Christopher Peacocke), Spring 2001
Research Seminar on Language and Mind: The Objectivity of Knowledge (with Stephen Schiffer), Spring 1999
Research Seminar on Language and Mind: Concepts (with Ned Block), Spring 1998