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Dr Eliot Michaelson

michaelson2 for webSenior Lecturer in Philosophy

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1160
Address Room 704, Philosophy Building
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS  

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Dr. Eliot Michaelson received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2013. Before joining King's, he spent the 2013-14 academic year as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University.  His undergraduate training was split between the University of Chicago, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 2005, and Deep Springs College, where he received an Associate of Arts degree in 2001.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Ethics

Dr. Michaelson works primarily on core topics in philosophy of language, like meaning and reference.  He also works on the border of philosophy of language and ethics, on issues pertaining to lying and insincerity.  He maintains independent research interests in the nature of skills, the metaphysics of colour, and the ethics of eating.

Dr. Michaelson welcomes enquiries from students seeking supervision in his areas of interest.
Selected publications
  • The Lying Test. Mind & Language 31(4): 470–499

  • Doing Without Believing: Intellectualism, Knowledge-How, and Belief-Attribution (with Michael Brownstein). Synthese 193(9): 2815–2836

  • Act Consequentialism and Inefficacy. In Food, Ethics, and Society. Eds. Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson, & Tyler Doggett. Oxford University Press: 210–214
  • Reference (with Marga Reimer). Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Shifty Characters. Philosophical Studies 167(3): 519–540 

Dr. Michaelson regularly teaches modules in the philosophy of language.  He also sometimes teaches aesthetics and gender & philosophy.

Expertise and engagement

Dr. Michaelson is the co-creator, with the actor James Franco, of the Philosophy Time web series.  These videos can be found here:

Dr. Michaelson also occasionally blogs about ethical issues surrounding vegetarianism.  His posts can be found here:


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