Avram Hiller

Associate Professor of Philosophy 

Office: CPS 201
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 mostly within analytic philosophy - he works in various areas in philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, normative ethics, and environmental ethics.  

Outside of philosophy, he enjoys spending time with his spouse Amie and two kids. He enjoys hiking and photography and most other things in the great outdoors. 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.   


Selected Publications

"Consequentialism in Environmental Ethics," in Stephen Gardiner and Allen Thompson, eds., Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2016)

“Hume on Animals and the Rest of Nature,” with Angela Coventry, in Animal Ethics and Philosophy, edited by Elisa Aaltola and John Hadley (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014)

“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)

"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

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