Boyd Millar

Boyd Millar

Lecturer in Philosophy
PhD, University of Toronto
research interests:
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Perception
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics of Belief

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1073
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Boyd Millar works in the philosophy of perception and social epistemology.

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 social epistemology 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

  • "Epistemic Obligations of the Laity," Episteme (forthcoming).
  • "Perceiving Properties versus Perceiving Objects," Analytic Philosophy (forthcoming).
  • "Shared Epistemic Responsibility," Episteme (forthcoming).
  • "Learning to See," Mind & Language 35 (2020): 601-620.
  • "The Information Environment and Blameworthy Belief," Social Epistemology 33 (2019): 525-537.
  • "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.