Professor Paul Boghossian B.Sc. (Trent University), Ph.D. (Princeton)

Department of Philosophy
Distinguished Research Professor

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Paul Boghossian is Silver Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He is also the Director of the New York Institute of Philosophy and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His main research interests lie in epistemology, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. His recent book Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism (OUP, 2006) was aimed at a more general audience and it has been translated to ten different languages.


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Princeton University, 1987.
  • B.Sc. in Physics, Trent University, 1976.


After receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton where he as supervised by Paul Benacerraf, Professor Boghossian first held positions at Princeton and University of Michigan. He moved to NYU in 1991 where he was appointed a Professor of Philosophy in 1995. In 2006, he was made Julius Silver Professor of Philosophy. He was the Chair of Philosophy at NYU between 1994 and 2004, and he also is currently the Director of the NY Institute of Philosophy and the Global Institute of Advanced Study at NYU. 

Professor Boghossian has held visiting positions at ANU, Rutgers, Cambridge, Oxford and UCL. He has received awards, fellowships and honors from American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Institute of Philosophy at the University of Londong, The Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, Fulbright, National Endowment for Humanities and New York Institute for the Humanities. He is also Special Advisor to the President and Provost at NYU and a member of the editorial boards of Episteme and Philosophers' Imprint

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Boghossian will co-supervise Ph.D. students in his areas of research specialization together with the staff at Birmingham.


Areas of Specialization:

  • Philosophy of mind
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of language

Professor Boghossian has published important articles on a large number of philosophical topics including rule-following, colour, a priori and analytic truths, relativism, inferences, naturalism, eliminativism, music, self-knowledge, truth and genocide.



  • Content and Justification: Philosophical Papers (OUP, 2006)
  • Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism (OUP, 2006)
  • New Essays on the A Priori, co-edited with Christopher Peacocke (OUP, 2000)

Selected Articles:

  • "What is Inference?", Philosophical Studies, 2012.
  • "Transparency of the Mental Content Revisited", Philosophical Studies 155, 2011: 457-465.
  • "Williamson on the A Priori and the Analytic", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81, 2010: 488-497.
  • "Epistemic Rules", Journal of Philosophy 105, 2008: 472-500.
  • "Explaining Musical Experience", in Stock, K (ed.): Philosophers on Music (OUP, 2007).
  • "What is Relativism?", in Lynch and Greenough: Truth and Relativism (OUP, 2006).
  • "Meaning, Rules and Intention", Philosophical Studies 124, 2005: 185-197.
  • "Blind Reasoning", Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume 77, 2003: 31-45.
  • "The Normativity of Content", Philosophical Issues 13, 2003: 31-45.
  • "How are Objective Epistemic Reasons Possible?", Philosophical Studies 106, 2001: 1-40.
  • "Inference and Insight", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63, 2001: 633-640.
  • "What the Externalist Can Know Apriori", Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 97, 1997: 161-175.
  • "Analycity Reconsidered", Nous 30, 1996: 360-391.
  • "Physicalist Theories of Colour", with David Velleman, Philosophical Review 100, 1991: 67-106.
  • "The Status of Content", Philosophical Review 99, 1990: 157-184.
  • "The Rule Following Considerations", Mind 92, 1989: 507-549.