beetle picture

Alex Byrne

Professor of Philosophy, 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.