Eric Dietrich


   I am a professor at Binghamton University.  I work at the intersection of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, and logic.  I find most intriguing the role points of view play in our knowledge and understanding.  In fact, I think points of view might be epistemically (and even perhaps ontologically) basic.  Points of view can give rise to dialetheia that is, contradictions that are both false as well as true (see the two papers below, "The Bishop and Priest" and "The Paradox of Consciousness and the Realism/Anti-Realism Debate").  Dialetheia are not rare; they exist in great numbers throughout the “external” world as well as in Platonic worlds like mathematics and logic.  In fact, I think that they are as numerous as blackberries (scroll down, see section 3).  

My 2015 book  Excellent Beauty: The Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World published by Columbia University Press argues that science, not religion, is the deepest source of beautiful, enduring mysteries.  An excerpt from the Unnaturalness part of this book is published (by permission) here.  And see my associated Psychology Today blog here.

. . . I have also done a lot of work in cognitive science.

My vita is here

Besides philosophy, I also run the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence -- Jetai, among friends.  When I'm not doing that, I play the piano and various drums.  Plus I help my wife run our farm.

My Erdős number is 4.

A long strange trip        Selected publications


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