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Alex Byrne

Professor of Philosophy, and Head of the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT

My main interests are philosophy of mind (especially perception), metaphysics (especially color) and epistemology (especially self-knowledge). Recently I've started working on philosophical issues relating to sex and gender (probably ill-advisedly). The beetle was painted by my brother Felix.


Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building 32-D808
Cambridge MA 02139-4307, USA

P: +1 617 258 6106
T: @byrne_a


You can find all my published work on my PhilPeople page; if you have trouble accessing any of the material please email me. Here is my CV.

Recent papers and articles
"What is gender identity?", Arc Digital January 9 (2019)
"Is sex socially constructed?", Arc Digital November 30 (2018)
"Is sex binary?", Arc Digital November 1 (2018)
"Perception and ordinary objects", The Nature of Ordinary Objects, ed. J. Cumpa and B. Brewer (OUP, 2019)
(with David Hilbert) "Color relationalism and relativism", Topics in Cognitive Science 9: 172-92 (2017)
(with Susanna Siegel) "Rich or thin?", Current Controversies in the Philosophy of Perception, ed. B. Nanay (Routledge, 2016)
Recent books
Transparency and Self-Knowledge (OUP, 2018)
(with G. Rosen et al.) The Norton Introduction to Philosophy, 2nd ed. (Norton, 2018)
Older popular pieces
"Cheating death"
"Knowing right and wrong"
"What mind-body problem?"
"Knowing our minds"
"Is snow white?"
All published in that estimable organ, the Boston Review.