/r/philosophy 2016-2017 AMA Series Recap + Survey!


This past academic year the moderators of /r/philosophy organised an ongoing AMA series with 18 different philosophers working on a variety of different topics, from metaphysics to logic, bioethics to philosophy education. Our series has now officially come to an end, and we want to thank everyone for their support and participation. Special thanks go of course to our AMA philosophers, as well as Joy Mizan at Oxford University Press for helping reach out to a number of different people for us, as well as freeing up open-access materials from many different authors.

Barry Lam AMA

While we will not be running a summer AMA series, we do want to note that we will be running one final AMA before the fall, by philosopher Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College and creator of Hi-Phi Nation: A Show About Philosophy That Turns Stories Into Ideas. Professor Lam will be joining us on June 5 to discuss Hi-Phi Nation and the art of creating philosophy podcasts which appeal to both philosophers and non-philosophers.

AMA Survey

We'd like to take this time to open up a survey for you to comment on the AMA series; what you liked, what you didn't, what'd you change, who you'd like to see, etc. Please take a couple minutes to take the AMA Series Survey so we can decide whether to run it again next year, and if so, how to do it.

You can take the survey HERE.

Thanks again to everyone who participated, and we hope that you found the AMAs as interesting as we did. We welcome all feedback in the hope that we can continue bringing great content to you in the future.


Date Name Appointment/Affiliation Topic Personal Website AMA Link
August 30 Caspar Hare Professor of Philosophy, MIT Ethics, Intro to Philosophy MOOC Link Link
September 7 Kevin Scharp Reader, Department of Philosophy, University of St Andrews Philosophy of Language, Logic Link Link
September 26 Kenneth Ehrenberg Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Alabama Philosophy of Law Link Link
October 12 Geoff Pynn Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northern Illinois University Epistemology, Early Modern, Philosophy of Language Link Link
October 24 Wi-Phi Team Wi-Phi Directors Wi-Phi free online philosophy videos, public philosophy Link Link
November 14 Stephen Puryear Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Affiliate, Classical Studies, North Carolina State University History of Philosophy Link Link
November 29 Roy T. Cook Professor of Philosophy and Scholar of the College, University of Minnesota Philosophy of Logic & Mathematics, Comics Studies Link Link
December 12 Carrie Jenkins Canada Research Chair in Philosophy, University of British Columbia Epistemology, Philosophy of Love Link Link
January 11 Amie L. Thomasson Professor of Philosophy & Cooper Fellow, University of Miami Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Art Link Link
January 25 Samantha Brennan Professor of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, Western University, Rotman Institute of Philosophy Member Normative Ethics, Feminist Ethics Link Link
January 31 Chris W. Surprenant Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of New Orleans and Founding Director, Alexis de Tocqueville Project Moral and Political Philosophy Link Link
February 15 S. Matthew Liao Arthur Zitrin Chair of Bioethics, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Affiliated Professor in the Department of Philosophy, New York University Ethics, Bioethics, Moral Psychology Link Link
February 22 David Chalmers Professor of Philosophy, Co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness, New York University & Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Technology, Metaphilosophy Link Link
March 8 Lisa Bortolotti Professor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham Philosophy of Mind Link Link
March 22 Shannon Vallor William J. Rewak, S.J. Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Technology, Ethics of Emerging Technologies Link Link
April 5 L.A. Paul Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, Professorial Fellow of the Arche Research Centre at the University of St Andrews Transformative Experience, Rationality, Authenticity Link Link
April 26 Jay L. Garfield Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Logic and Buddhist Studies at Smith College, Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School, Professor of Philosophy at Melbourne University and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies Indian Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind Link Link
May 10 Kenny Easwaran Associate Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University Formal Epistemology, Decision Theory Link Link

I wrote something to this effect on the survey, but I think it also deserves to be said publically. You, the mod team of /r/philosophy, clearly put a lot of work and effort into making these AMAs a success. This goes for both the behind the scenes work of finding philosphers for the AMAs, as well as the moderation work in the AMA threads. This is a largely thankless and under-appreciated job—CVs don't have a "how much time I spent removing comments by trolls on reddit" section—but the AMAs wouldn't have acheived the high quality they did without your efforts.

Thank you so much for doing this.


Thanks a ton!

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