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Eliot  Michaelson

Dr Eliot Michaelson

Reader in Philosophy

Research interests

  • Philosophy


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.


Dr. Michaelson regularly teaches modules on philosophy of language and environmental ethics, and occasionally teaches on other subjects in 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: