Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Office: NH 393E
SPRING Office Hours:
MW 1015-1115, and By Appointment
Avram Hiller is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Portland State University. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University. Prior to coming to PSU (in 2008), he taught at Wake Forest University. He was also a visiting scholar in philosophy departments at the University of Arizona, Harvard, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Rutgers.
Avram has very broad-ranging interests in analytic philosophy. He works in philosophy of language and metaphysics (mostly on issues relating to vagueness), epistemology (analyzing knowledge, internalism/externalism), meta-ethics (moral realism/anti-realism/quasi-realism), normative ethics (consequentialism/deontology, axiology), and environmental ethics.
Outside of philosophy, he enjoys outdoor activities – running, hiking, camping, and nature photography. He listens to a lot of music and enjoys the local music scene in Portland. Although he did not have an illustrious basketball career, he won the 2012 PSU Campus Rec Three-Point Shootout. He plays guitar and has been creating musical adaptations of poems by E.E. Cummings (who, contrary to public impression, did capitalize his name in most contexts). Avram is mostly vegan and can tell you all about the great vegan places around town.
"Knowledge Essentially Based Upon False Belief," forthcoming, Logos & Episteme.
“Object-Dependence,” Essays in Philosophy 14(1), January 2013
“How Things Matter: States of Affairs” commissioned to appear in Stephen Gardiner and Allen Thompson, eds., Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (forthcoming, Oxford University Press)
Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics, co-edited with Leonard Kahn (forthcoming, Routledge)
“Introduction: Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics,” with Leonard Kahn, to appear in Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics
“System Consequentialism,” to appear in Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics
“The Best Incentives in Combating Climate Change,” Ethics, Policy, and Environment, 15(2) 2012
“The Unusual Logic of Hurka’s Recursive Account,” Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, March 2012
“Climate Change and Individual Responsibility,” The Monist 94(3), July 2011
“Morally Significant Consequences of Ordinary Individual Actions,” Ethics, Policy, and Environment 14(1), 2011
“Safety and Epistemic Luck,” with Ram Neta, Synthese 158, 2007