Avram Hiller

Associate Professor

Avram Hiller (Ph.D., Duke University) is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Portland State University.

Avram has very broad-ranging interests, mostly within analytic philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, normative ethics, and environmental ethics. 

Outside of philosophy, Avram enjoys hiking and photography, including ones of family. Despite not having an illustrious basketball career, Avram is a past winner of the PSU Campus Rec Three-Point Shootout.

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 Unusual Logic of Hurka’s Recursive Account,” Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, March 2012
  • “Climate Change and Individual Responsibility,” The Monist, 94(3), 2011
  • “Safety and Epistemic Luck,” with Ram Neta, Synthese 158, 2007



  • PhD, Philosophy
    Duke University