Adam Elga: Curriculum Vitae

Princeton University Dept. of Philosophy
1879 Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544-1006
609-258-1477
adame@princeton.edu

Education and Employment

Princeton University Dept. of Philosophy
Professor, 2012-present; Associate Professor, 2007-2012; Assistant Professor, 2001-2007
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
A.B. (Highest Honors) in Philosophy, Princeton University, 1996

Publications

Honors and awards

  • Grant from Princeton 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, 2013
  • Philosopher's Annual selection for "Subjective Probabilities Should be Sharp," chosen as one of the ten best philosophy papers published in 2010
  • Grant from Princeton 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, 2009
  • David A. Gardner Magic Project Grant, 2008-2009
  • Philosopher's Annual selection for "Reflection and Disagreement, chosen as one of the ten best philosophy papers published in 2007
  • William G. Bowen Presidential University Preceptorship, Princeton University, 2004-2007
  • Sponsored Freshman Seminar, Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion, 2004
  • Old Dominion Faculty Fellow, Princeton University Council of the Humanities, 2002, 2004
  • Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University Dean of Undergraduate Education, 2001
  • Josephine De Kármán Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, De Kármán Fellowship Foundation, 2000
  • Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University grant to attend Jerusalem Summer School in Economic Theory, 1999
  • Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, Mellon Fellowship Foundation, 1996
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society, 1996
  • John Martyn Warbeke Prize in Metaphysics and Epistemology, Princeton University Department of Philosophy, 1996

Presentations

Upcoming

  • Title TBA, Casualty Actuaries of the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference, October 12, 2014

Past

  • Harvard University (Law School guest speaker), March 7, 2014
  • "Cascading failures and gambling tasks", UCLA Cognitive Psychology Forum, January 10, 2014
  • "Risk pollution: How to destroy probabilities and lives by trying to make things safer", Oxford University, November 22, 2013
  • "Suspiciously-formed preferences", University of Missouri, October 18, 2013
  • "Suspiciously-formed desires", City University of New York Graduate Center, October 9, 2013
  • "How to destroy probabilities and lives by trying to make things safer", University of Pennsylvania, October 4, 2013
  • "Does disagreement about disagreement refute conciliationism?" UC Santa Barbara, June 11, 2013
  • "Crossword puzzles, fragmented belief, and logical omniscience", University of California Berkeley Working group in the history and philosophy of logic, mathematics, and science, April 24, 2013
  • "Self-effacing conciliationism", Syracuse University, March 22, 2013
  • "Self-effacing conciliationism", Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, February 21, 2013
  • "Belief fragmentation", Yale University (graduate seminar visit), November 27, 2012
  • "The puzzle of the unmarked clock and the new rational reflection principle", Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 1, 2012
  • "How to destroy probabilities", Keynote address at Princeton/Rutgers graduate philosophy conference, March 31, 2012
  • "The puzzle of the unmarked clock", Stanford University, February 3, 2012
  • "How to destroy probabilities and lives by trying to make things safer", California Institute of Technology, January 6, 2012
  • "Uncertainty about rationality and the new rational reflection principle", Amherst College, October 27, 2011
  • "Comments on Miriam Schoenfield's 'Chilling Out on Epistemic Rationality'", Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 2, 2011
  • "Don't trust anyone, not even yourself", "Knowledge, metacognition and modes of justification" conference, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France, June 24, 2011
  • "Comment on Williams's 'Decision making under indeterminacy'", Formal Epistemology Workshop, University of Southern California, May 20, 2011
  • Guest leader of seminar session on ethics and disagreement, Princeton University, April 6, 2011
  • "Don't trust anyone, not even yourself", Brown Epistemology Workshop, March 13, 2011
  • "Antidepressants and choosing your own desires", Princeton Theological Seminary, February 1, 2011
  • "Belief fragmentation and logical omniscience", University of California, Riverside, January 11, 2011
  • "Localism vs globalism about rationality", Princeton Philosophy of Economics/Decision Theory Reading Group, November 19, 2010
  • "The problem of contingency", philostv.com web video discussion with Roger White and Joshua Schechter, November 14, 2010
  • "Don't trust anyone, not even yourself", Princeton Philosophical Society, March 28, 2010
  • "The alien-creation dilemma", Princeton Bioethics Forum, February 12, 2010
  • "Subjective probabilities should be sharp", University of Michigan, November 5, 2009
  • "Representing normative uncertainty", University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October 9, 2009
  • "Fragmented belief states and logical omniscience" (Joint presentation with Agustin Rayo), CUNY Graduate Center, October 2, 2009
  • "Representing normative uncertainty", Princeton University, May 6, 2009
  • "How to be incoherent, and why", UC Santa Cruz, April 17, 2009
  • Guest seminar presentation on logical omniscience, MIT, April 2, 2009
  • "Philosophy of economic disaster", MIT IAP lecture, Cambridge MA, January 9, 2009
  • "Antidepressants, happiness, and free will: Should we put Prozac in the water supply?" (joint presentation with Shana Stein Elga), Paideia discussion group, Princeton University, December 9, 2008
  • "Lucky to be rational", Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 6, 2008
  • Joint presentation on disagreement with Tom Kelly, "Knowledge, faith, and disagreement" conference, Princeton University, April 26, 2008
  • Guest seminar presentation on time travel, MIT, March 14, 2008
  • Disagreement seminar presentation, Brown University, March 13, 2008
  • "How to be incoherent, and why", Arizona Ontology Conference, January 9, 2008
  • Reply to Francis Kamm's "What is and Is Not Wrong with Enhancement?", Princeton University Center for Human Values, December 5, 2007
  • Joint presentation on disagreement with Tom Kelly, Behrman Fellows meeting, November 27, 2007
  • "What does disagreement about disagreement teach us about disagreement?" University of Wisconsin, October 26, 2007
  • "Comments on Jill North's 'The Structure of Physics'", Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 8, 2007
  • "Lucky to be rational, lucky to be wise", Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., February 9, 2007
  • "Subjective probabilities should be sharp", MITing of the minds conference, Cambridge MA, January 28, 2007
  • "Large number battle" (joint presentation with Agustin Rayo), MIT IAP lecture, Cambridge MA, January 26, 2007
  • "Lucky to be rational", NYU Mind and Language seminar, New York, NY, January, 23, 2007
  • "Reflection and Bootstrapping", APA Eastern Division Meeting, Washington D.C., December 30, 2006
  • "Lucky to be rational, lucky to be wise", University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Nov 3, 2006
  • "Lucky to be rational, lucky to be wise", University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, November 1, 2006
  • "Lucky to be rational, lucky to be wise", Harvard University Metaphysics and Epistemology Workshop, Cambridge, MA, October 19, 2006
  • "Reflection and disagreement", Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 1, 2006
  • "Reflection and disagreement", Formal Epistemology Workshop, Berkeley, CA, May 27, 2006
  • "Cartwright on causal laws", guest presentation at NYU graduate seminar "Metaphysics of Causation", New York, NY, March 29, 2006
  • "Ordinary objects: Comments on Korman", APA Pacific Division Meeting, Portland, OR, March 24, 2006
  • "Reflection and disagreement", University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, March 9, 2006
  • "Should your beliefs survive scrutiny of their origins?", Russelian Society, Sydney, Australia, March 8, 2006
  • "The problem of access omniscience", Probability Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, March 2, 2006
  • "Reflection, disagreement, bootstrapping", Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, February 16, 2006
  • "Comments on Strevens", Arizona Ontology Conference, Tucson, AZ, January 13, 2006
  • "Self-locating probabilities", guest presentation at University of Michigan graduate seminar "Relative Truth", Ann Arbor, MI, January 24, 2006
  • "Comments on Maudlin and Albert", APA Eastern Division Meeting, New York, NY, December 2005
  • "Why are causal graphs so sparse?", The Origins and Functions of Causal Thinking II, Pasadena, CA, November 11, 2005
  • "Comments on Roger White's 'Epistemic Permissiveness'", Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 2005
  • "Isolation and folk causation", Rutgers University Workshop on Physicalism, April 22, 2005
  • "Solidarity and disagreement", University of Michigan, February 18, 2005
  • "Comments on Sarah Stroud's 'Epistemic partiality in friendship'", Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 2004
  • "Chances and branches", Metaphysics of Science Workshop, University of Reading, April 30, 2004
  • "Chances and branches", Oxford University, April 28, 2004
  • "Are accurate self-evaluations rational?", Princeton Cognitive Psychology Discussion Group, April 21, 2004
  • "Should your beliefs survive scrutiny of their origins?", Southern Methodist University, April 8, 2004
  • "Should your Convictions Survive Contemplation of their Origins?", University of Rochester, March 5, 2004
  • "Comments on 'Chance and Counterfactuals'", APA Eastern Division Meeting, Washington D.C., December 2003
  • "Chances and branches", University of Delaware, October 10, 2003
  • "Waffling to avoid doublethink", Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, Washington, August 2, 2003
  • "Counterfactuals for decision", University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, July 16, 2003
  • "Ungrounded desires", Australasian Association for Philosophy Annual Conference, Adelaide, Australia, July 9, 2003
  • "Comments on Kutach and Frisch", APA Central Division Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, April 24, 2003
  • "Computing the halting function with a billiard-ball supertask", Oxford-Princeton philosophy of physics workshop, Oxford, U.K., March 18, 2003
  • "Physics of computation", Columbia University, New York, NY, March 8, 2003
  • "Memory Failure, Reflection, and Epistemic Solidarity", City University of New York, New York, NY, February 26, 2003
  • "Why Neo was too confident that he'd escaped the Matrix", MIT independent activities period, Cambridge, MA, January 22, 2003
  • "When not to take a sure thing", University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, October 26, 2002
  • Comments on Christopher Hitchcock's "Beauty and the Bets", Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 3, 2002
  • "Self-locating beliefs about chance" Philosophy Program, RSSS, Australian National University, Canberra, July 19, 2002
  • "Computing the halting function with a billiard-ball supertask" Australasian Association for Philosophy Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, July 8, 2002
  • "The Direction of Time and the Direction of Experience" University of Massachusetts, Amherst, February 22, 2002
  • "Wormholes for fun and profit", MIT IAP, January 2002

Visiting Fellowships

  • Klein Visitor, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, October 17-19, 2013
  • Distinguished Visitor, UC Santa Cruz Linguistics and Philosophy Group, Santa Cruz, CA, April 15-16, 2009
  • Visiting Fellow, Philosophy Program, RSSS, Canberra, Australia, February-March 2006
  • Visiting Fellow, Philosophy Program, RSSS, Canberra, Australia, June 2002

Service (University and departmental committee)

  • Executive Committee for PIIRS Research Community on Global Systemic Risk, 2012-present
  • Philosophy Department Graduate Admissions Screening Committee, 2005, 2012-14
  • University Committee on Library and Computing, 2011-14
  • Philosophy Department Computer Committee Chair, 2007-8, 2010-14
  • Philosophy Department Computer Committee, 2007-8, 2008-9, 2010-14
  • Philosophy Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2010-11, 2013-14
  • Philosophy Department ad-hoc committee on the international network in analytic philosophy (CRNAP), Fall 2010, 2011-12
  • Philosophy Department ad-hoc committee on the experience of graduate students in the department, 2011-13
  • Liason to Princeton Program in Neuroscience, 2006-present
  • Philosophy Department Appointments Committee, 2007-8
  • Philosophy Department Placement Committee, 2004-5, 2007-8
  • Philosophy Department Colloquium Committee, 2004-5, 2007-8
  • Philosophy Department Seminar Committee Chair, 2008-9
  • Philosophy Department Seminar Committee, 2008-9
  • Philosophy Department Graduate Committee, 2008-9
  • Volunteer member of Philosophy Graduate Admissions Final Round Committee, 2007
  • Phi Beta Kappa Selection Committee, 2005-6

Service (other)

  • Application reviewer for Princeton Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellowship, 2013-14
  • Faculty liason to senior thesis writing group, 2013-14
  • Leader of university-wide Major Choices roundtable for potential philosophy majors ("Confession of a compatibilist about free will"), September 21, 2012.
  • Liason to Princeton Program in Neuroscience, 2006-present
  • Application reader for Princeton Society of Fellows, November 2011
  • Co-leader (with Steven Gubser) of Butler/Wilson college roundtable on "Time travel and faster-than-light motion", November 17, 2011.
  • Presenter at teaching training event, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, November 3, 2011
  • Philosophy department representative to Princeton undergraduate majors fair, November 19, 2010
  • Program committee, Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, August 2009
  • Co-organizer of information session for philosophy graduate students: "How to get the most out of graduate school", May 15, 2009
  • Co-editor of issue of Philosophical Studies containing proceedings of 2009 Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, 2009
  • External dissertation examiner, Australian National University, February 11, 2009
  • Co-organiser of conference "Knowledge, Faith and Disagreement: the epistemological significance of religious pluralism", April 2008
  • Consultant for McGraw Center External Review Committee, April 25 and December 9, 2008
  • Majors Initiative Butler College presentation, February 20, 2007
  • Presenter at New Faculty Orientation, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, September 2002 and September 2006
  • Philosophy Representative to USG Majors Day, November 2006
  • Referee for Nous, Synthese, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Quarterly, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Philosopher's Imprint, Oxford University Press
  • Co-organizer of Oxford-Princeton philosophy of physics conference, May 2002
  • Participant, Princeton humanities symposium dinner for prospective undergraduates, Fall 2001

External Supervision

  • Adam Bales, external examiner ("Expanding the bounds of rationality: four optimistic pieces"), Monash University, July 2013.
  • Brian Kim, external examiner, Columbia University, September 2012.
  • Aidan Lyon, external examiner ("Three Concepts of Probability"), Australian National University, February 2009.


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