Benj Hellie

Benj Hellie
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Professor Hellie’s research interests include philosophy of mind (consciousness, rationality, intentionality, perception, action); epistemology and philosophical semantics (traditional and formal); and the history of analytical philosophy (especially David Lewis). His central research program explores the prospects and consequences of abandoning the centrality of truth to the theory of meaning: in particular, of reconciling the structures and concerns of the analytical tradition with an ‘antirealist’ approach to mind characteristic of the hermeneutical tradition. For more information, please visit Professor Hellie’s personal website.


  • PhD, Princeton University
  • BA, Stanford University

Teaching Interests

Teaching in 2023-24

PHLB20: Belief, Knowledge and Truth

PHLC95: Topics in the Philosophy of Mind

PHLC99: Philosophical Development Seminar


Research Interests

Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind


  • “Relativized metaphysical modality”, with Adam Russell Murray and Jessica Wilson, Routledge Handbook of Modality, Ottavio Bueno and Scott Shalkowski, editors, 2018.
  • “An analytic–hermeneutic history of Consciousness”, Cambridge History of Philosophy: 1945–2015, Kelly Michael Becker and Iain Thomson, editors, 2018.
  • “Praxeology, imperatives, and shifts of view”, Process, Action, and Experience, Rowland Stout, editor, OUP, 2018.
  • “David Lewis and the Kangaroo: Graphing philosophical progress”, Philosophy’s Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress, Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick, editors, Blackwell, 2017.
  • “Rationalization and the Ross Paradox”, Deontic Modality, Nate Charlow and Matthew Chrisman, editors, OUP, 2016.
  • “Love in the time of cholera”, Does Perception Have Content?, Brit Brogaard, editor, OUP, 2014.
  • “There it is”, Philosophical Issues, 2011.
  • “Factive phenomenal characters”, Philosophical Perspectives, 2007.
  • “Noise and perceptual indiscriminability”, Mind, 2005.