Boyd Millar

Lecturer in Philosophy
PhD, University of Toronto
research interests:
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Perception
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics of Belief
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    • Washington University
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    Boyd Millar works in the philosophy of perception and the ethics of belief.

    His recent work concerning perception defends the view that perceptual experiences put us in contact with ordinary physical objects and their properties via unique manners of presentation: sensory qualities and sensations that function as representational vehicles.
    His recent work concerning the ethics of belief defends the view that individuals are often not blameworthy for their problematic beliefs when considered in isolation, but that groups of individuals are often jointly blameworthy for their members’ problematic beliefs (in virtue of having violated some shared epistemic obligation).

    Selected publications

    • "The Information Environment and Blameworthy Beliefs," Social Epistemology (forthcoming).
    • "Learning to See," Mind & Language (forthcoming).
    • "Shared Epistemic Responsibility,” Episteme (forthcoming).
    • "Thinking with Sensations," Journal of Philosophy 114 (2017): 134-154.
    • "Frege’s Puzzle for Perception," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 93 (2016): 368-
    • "Naïve Realism and Illusion," Ergo 2 (2015): 607-625.