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Avram Hiller


Associate Professor of Philosophy


Office: NH 393E
Phone: 503-725-3507





Avram Hiller is an Associate 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 and ontological dependence), epistemology (analyzing knowledge, internalism/externalism), normative ethics (consequentialism/deontology, axiology), and environmental ethics(climate ethics and environmental consequentialism).

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. Avram is mostly vegan and can tell you all about the great vegan places around town.




“Hume on Animals and the Rest of Nature,” with Angela Coventry, forthcoming in Animal Ethics and Philosophy, edited by Elisa Aaltola and John Hadley (Rowman and Littlefield)

“Consequentialism in Environmental Ethics,” commissioned to appear in Stephen Gardiner and Allen Thompson, eds., Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (forthcoming, Oxford University Press)

“Review of Dale Jamieson’s Reason in a Dark Time,” forthcoming in Environmental Values

“Review of John Broome's Climate Matters," forthcoming in Economics and Philosophy (March 2015)

“A 'Famine, Affluence, and Morality' for Climate Change?" Public Affairs Quarterly, 28(1) 2014

Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics, co-edited with Ramona Ilea and Leonard Kahn (Routledge, 2014)

“Introduction: Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics,” with Leonard Kahn, in Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics

“System Consequentialism,” in Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics

"Knowledge Essentially Based Upon False Belief," Logos & Episteme, 4(1) 2013

“Object-Dependence,” Essays in Philosophy, 14(1) 2013

“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
14(1), 2011

“Safety and Epistemic Luck,” with Ram Neta, Synthese 158, 2007