Boris Kment
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Princeton University

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Academic Positions
2015–


2009–2015


2006–2009


2005
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Princeton University

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Princeton University

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Instructor in Philosophy (tenure-track)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Education
2000–2005


1998–2000


1997–1998



1995–1997

1994–1995


Princeton University
Ph.D. in Philosophy, 2006

Magdalen College, University of Oxford
B.Phil. in Philosophy, 2000

Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
Undergraduate visiting student in philosophy
Final exam of B.A. course (straight first), 1998

Johannes-Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany

Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany


Areas of Teaching and Research
Areas of Specialization:

Areas of Competence:
Metaphysics, Epistemology, Early Analytic Philosophy

Logic (introductory to intermediate), Philosophy of Language, Wittgenstein, Decision Theory, Philosophy of Mind


Publications
Book

Papers







































Work in Preparation
Modality and Explanatory Reasoning, Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Chance and the Structure of Modal Space," forthcoming in Mind.

"Counterfactuals and Causal Reasoning," to appear in the proceedings of the Hebrew University conference on linguistic perspectives on causation, venue TBA.

"De re modality," to appear in Routledge Handbook of Modality, ed. by O. Bueno and S. Shalkowski, Routledge.

"Free Will and Ultimate Explanation," Philosophical Issues 27, 2017, pp. 114-30.

"Summary of Modality and Explanatory Reasoning" and "Replies to Dorr, Hill, and Yablo," Analysis 77, 2017, pp. 129-33, 166-88.

"Model Theory and Contingent Existence," contribution to the book symposium on Timothy Williamson's Modal Logic as Metaphysics, forthcoming in Analysis.

"Précis of Modality and Explanatory Reasoning" and "Reply to Sullivan and Lange" Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 91(2), 2015, pp. 489-498, 516-539.

"Modality, Metaphysics, and Method," to appear in C. Daly (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophical Methods, Palgrave/Macmillan.

"Haecceitism, Chance, and Counterfactuals," Philosophical Review 121, 2012, pp. 573-609.

"Varieties of Modality," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, published 2012, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/modality-varieties/.

"Causation: Determination and Difference-Making," Noûs 44, 2010, pp. 80-111.

"Counterfactuals and Explanation," Mind 115, 2006, pp. 261-310.

"Counterfactuals and the Analysis of Necessity," Philosophical Perspectives 20, 2006, pp. 237-302.

"Conditionals," in D. Borchert (ed.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Detroit (Macmillan), 2006, vol. 2, pp. 424-430.

Modality, under contract with Princeton University Press, volume in the series Princeton Foundations of Contemporary Philosophy.

"Possibility and the Method of Conceiving"

"On the Genealogy of Modality" (working title), contribution to a planned volume titled The Philosophy of Modality: Beyond the Standard Model, ed. by A. Vaidya and D. Prelevic (tentative, publisher TBD).

"Rational Decision and Causality"

"Ground and Paradox"

"A New Take on Model-Theoretic Semantics"

"Opacity and Second-Order Logic"


Honors, Awards, Prizes
2015–2017


2012–2015

2012

2011–2012


2011–2012

2008–2009

2008


2008


2008

2006–2009

2004–2005

1998–2000

1998

1998

Behrman Faculty Fellow in the Humanities, Humanities Council, Princeton University

Class of 1936 Bicentennial Preceptorship, Princeton University

American Council of Learned Societies, Summer Stipend

Princeton Dean of the Faculty top-up award (topping up the ACLS Ryskamp fellowship)

American Council of Learned Societies Ryskamp Fellowship

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

Emerging Scholars Prize, Institute for the Humanities,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Denise Research Fellowship, Department of Philosophy,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Rackham Faculty Grant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

William Wilhartz Assistant Professorship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Mrs. Giles Whiting Honorific Fellowship

Arts and Humanities Research Board Postgraduate Scholarship

College Book Prize in Philosophy (Peterhouse, Cambridge)

Scholar of the Year 1997/1998 in Philosophy (Peterhouse, Cambridge)


Presentations
October 2018


March 2018

October 2017


October 2017

June 2017


June 2017


May 2017


April 2017


March 2017

August 2016

May 2016


April 2016



February 2016



January 2016


October 2015


March 2015

March 2015


February 2015


October 2014

June 2013

March 2013


January 2013

September 2012


June 2012

March 2012

February 2012


February 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

October 2011

August 2011

April 2011


October 2010


May 2010

April 2010

January 2010

December 2009


March 2009


March 2009


January 2009

October 2008

July 2008


July 2008


June 2008

June 2008

June 2008


November 2007


March 2007

March 2007


December 2006

July 2006


May 2006


April 2006


February 2005


February 2005

January 2005

January 2005

Keynote address, title TBD, Conference of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Unit "What if?", University of Konstanz, Germany

Comments on Antonella Mallozzi, title TBD, session on modality, Pacific APA

"The Nature of Necessity," presentation in Paul Horwich's seminar on modality at NYU

"Causation and Practical Rationality," colloquium talk, University of Louisville

"Counterfactuals and Causal Reasoning," Linguistic Perspectives on Causation Conference, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

"Possibility and the Method of Conceiving," Conceivability and Modality Conference, Sapienza University, Rome

"Counterfactuals and Causal Reasoning," Belgrade Conferences on Conditionals, University of Belgrade

Comments on Yael Loewenstein, "Reverse Sobel Sequence and Why Most Counterfactuals Are Not True," Pacific APA

Comments on Brett Sherman, "Modal Grounds and Gradability," Central APA

"Ground and Paradox," Metaphysical Mayhem, Rutgers University

"Rational Decision and Counterfactuals" (tentative title), Belgrade Conference on Conditionals

"Replies to Berstein, Stalnaker, and Sullivan," book symposium on Modality and Explanatory Reasoning, Pacific Convention of the American Philosophical Association

"Practical Rationality, Causation, and Hypothetical Reasoning" (tentative title), Causation and Cognition, joint conference of Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Princeton University

Comments on Marc Lange, "Putting Explanation Back Into 'Inference to the Best Explanation'"

"Newcomb's Problem," Behrman Faculty Fellows discussion group, Humanities Council, Princeton University

"Worlds," Brown University, proseminar

"Modality and Explanation," Columbia University, seminar on modality and causation

"Reply to Manley and Rayo," book symposium on Modality and Explanatory Reasoning, Princeton University

Title TBD, Corridor Workshop Group

"Chance and the Structure of Modal Space," Corridor Workshop Group

"De Re Modality and De Re Chance," Chambers Conference on Necessity, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

"Modal Controversies and the Philosophy of Chance," Oxford University

"Perverse, Yet Strangely Appealing: The Tractarian Theory of Language,"
Paper Tigers, Princeton University

"Essence, Laws, and Explanation," Corridor Workshop Group

"Essence, Laws, and Explanation, University of Colorado

"Are All Fundamental Facts Purely Qualitative?", Symposium Paper,
Central APA

"Are All Fundamental Facts Qualitative?", University of Leeds

"Are All Fundamental Facts Purely Qualitative?", University of Stirling

"Are All Fundamental Facts Purely Qualitative?", University of Manchester

"Are All Fundamental Facts Purely Qualitative?", University of Geneva

"Essence, Laws, and Explanation," Paper Tigers, Princeton University

"Worlds," Corridor Workshop Group

"Is Fundamental Reality Purely Qualitative?", Keynote Address,
Rocky Mountains Philosophy Conference

Comments on Michael Strevens, "Why Care about Counterfactual Support?", Chapel Hill Philosophy Colloquium

"In Defense of Haecceitism," Corridor Workshop Group

"Newcomb's Problem," Princeton Philosophical Society

"Causation: Determination and Difference-Making," Oxford University

Comments on Sara Bernstein, "Over-Determination Underdetermined,"
Eastern APA

"Objectivity and Knowledge," Emerging Scholars Prize Lecture,
Humanities Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Comments on Ted Sider, Writing the Book of the World, Colorado Conference on Ontological Dependence

"Causation: Necessitation and Difference-Making," Arizona Ontology Conference

"Causation: Nomic Sufficiency and Difference-Making," Princeton University

"Causation: Nomic Sufficiency and Difference-Making,"
Australian National University, Canberra

"Haecceitism and Counterfactuals," Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference

"Haecceitism and Counterfactuals," University of Sydney

"Haecceitism and Counterfactuals," University of Auckland, New Zealand

"Causation: Necessitation and Difference-Making," Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

"Causation: Necessitation and Difference-Making," Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Causation: Necessitation and Difference-Making," University of Notre Dame

"Causation: Necessitation and Difference-Making," University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Faculty Colloquium

"The Similarity Account of Counterfactuals," Eastern APA

Comments on Agustín Rayo, "On Specifying Content," Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference

"The Similarity Account of Counterfactuals," Annual Meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy

Comments on Peter Hanks and Brendan O'Sullivan, "Reflexive Content and the Modal Argument," Central APA

"Counterfactuals, Causation and Explanation," University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"Counterfactuals, Causation and Explanation," University of Pittsburgh

"Counterfactuals, Causation and Explanation," Cornell University

"Counterfactuals, Causation and Explanation," University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor


Teaching
Spring 2018


Spring 2018


Spring 2017


Fall 2016


Fall 2016


Spring 2016


Fall 2015



Fall 2015


Spring 2015


Spring 2015


Fall 2014


Spring 2013


Fall 2012


Fall 2012


Spring 2011


Fall 2010


Fall 2010


Spring 2010

Spring 2010


Fall 2009


2005–2008

Winter 2008


Fall 2007


Fall 2006


Fall 2006


Winter 2006


Winter 2006

Fall 2005


PHI 339 (Princeton): Philosophical Analysis Since 1950, upper-level introduction to the history of post-war analytic philosophy

PHI 540 (Princeton): The Metaphysical Basis of Logic, graduate research seminar on metaphysical issues in logic with special emphasis on the paradoxes

PHI 339 (Princeton): Philosophical Analysis Since 1950, upper-level introduction to the history of post-war analytic philosophy

PHI 318 (Princeton): Metaphysics, upper-level undergraduate introduction to metaphysics

PHI 599 (Princeton): Dissertation Seminar, weekly seminar that gives graduate students a forum to present their dissertation work

PHI 318 (Princeton): Metaphysics, upper-level undergraduate introduction to metaphysics

PHI 540 (Princeton): Metaphysics, Logic, and the One, graduate research seminar on the intersection of metaphysics and logic and on monism, with Shamik Dasgupta

PHI 981 (Princeton): Junior Seminar: Newcomb's Problem, a small writing-intensive seminar for juniors

PHI 339 (Princeton): Philosophical Analysis Since 1950, upper-level introduction to the history of analytic philosophy since 1950

PHI 203 (Princeton): Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology, introduction to metaphysics and epistemology for freshmen and sophomores

PHI 540 (Princeton): Grounding and Essence, graduate research seminar on recent work on grounding and essence and its metaphilosophical implications

PHI 203 (Princeton): Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology, introduction to M & E for freshmen and sophomores

PHI 343 (Princeton): Wittgenstein, upper-level introduction to Wittgenstein's philosophy

PHI 599 (Princeton): Dissertation Seminar, weekly seminar that gives graduate students a forum to present their dissertation work

PHI 540 (Princeton): Hyperintensional Metaphysics, graduate research seminar on hyperintensional concepts in metaphysics, with Shamik Dasgupta

PHI 737 (Princeton): First Year Seminar: Key Papers of Analytic Philosophy, introductory philosophy course for first-year graduate students, with Adam Elga

PHI 313 (Princeton): Theory of Knowledge, upper-level undergraduate introduction to epistemology

PHI 540 (Princeton): Possible Worlds, graduate research seminar on modality

PHI 318 (Princeton): Metaphysics, upper-level undergraduate introduction to metaphysics

PHI 981 (Princeton): Junior Seminar: The Metaphysics of Time, a small writing-intensive seminar for juniors

Graduate Student Modality Discussion Group

PHIL 345 (Michigan): Language and Mind, upper-level undergraduate introduction to epistemology and metaphysics

PHIL 607 (Michigan): Metaphysics, research seminar on causation, explanation and counterfactual conditionals

PHIL 297 (Michigan): Honors Introduction to Philosophy, introduction to philosophy for students in the Michigan honors program

PHIL 597 (Michigan): Proseminar, survey course in core areas for first-year graduate students, with Ian Proops

PHIL 383 (Michigan): Knowledge and Reality, upper-level undergraduate introduction to epistemology and metaphysics

PHIL 297 (Michigan): Honors Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 607 (Michigan): Metaphysics, research seminar on the metaphysics of modality


Professional Service
2005–present






2016–present

2017–18

2017

2016–17


2016–17

2015–2016

2015–2016

2015

2014–15

July 2013

2012–13

2012–13

Fall 2012


Spring 2011

Fall 2009

Winter 2008

Winter 2008

Fall 2008

2007–2008

Winter 2007

2006–2007


2006–2007

2006

2005–2006

2005–2006

2005–2006


Referee for Australasian Journal of Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Dialectica, Erkenntnis, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Journal of Philosophical Research, Journal of Philosophy, Mind, Noûs, Philosophers' Imprint, Philosophia Scientiae, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Review, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Thought

Authored tenure and other promotion letters

Chair, Seminar Committee, Philosophy Department, Princeton

Referee for 24th German Congress for Philosophy

Junior Search, Philosophy Department (reviewing applications for assistant professorship)

Graduate Admissions Screening Committee, Philosophy Department

Appointments Committee, Philosophy Department, Princeton

Course Allocation Committee, Philosophy Department, Princeton

Referee for Oxford University Press

Chair, Seminar Committee, Philosophy Department, Princeton

Evaluator, National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship program

Co-organizer (with Elizabeth Harman), Corridor Workshop Group

Chair, Colloquium Committee, Philosophy Department, Princeton

Organizer, Collaborative Research Network in Analytic Philosophy (CRNAP) Modality Conference

Graduate Admissions Screening Committee, Philosophy Department, Princeton

International Network Committee, Philosophy Department, Princeton

Honors Students Advisor, Department of Philosophy, Michigan

Chair, Undergraduate Advising Committee, Department of Philosophy, Michigan

Undergraduate Advising Committee, Department of Philosophy, Michigan

Graduate Studies Committee, Department of Philosophy, Michigan

Faculty Liaison for Meteorite, the Michigan undergraduate philosophy journal

Interviewing job candidates during junior search, Department of Philosophy, Michigan

Search Committee, Junior Search, Philosophy Department, Michigan

Referee for the Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference

Graduate Admissions Committee, Philosophy Department, Michigan

Undergraduate Advising Committee, Department of Philosophy, Michigan

Interviewing job candidates during junior search, Department of Philosophy, Michigan