Avery Archer

Avery Archer
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Rome 554
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Areas of Specialization:  Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology

Areas of Competence: Moral Psychology, Normativity Theory, Logic

Current Research

My research explores the analogies and disanalogies between theoretical reasoning (i.e., reasoning aimed at determining what one should believe, disbelieve or suspend) and practical reasoning (i.e., reasoning aimed at determining what one should intend).


Ph.D. Columbia University, 2013

M.Phil. University of St Andrews, 2008

M.A. Harvard University, 2002

B.A. Andrews University, 2000



“Wondering about What You Know.” (2018) Analysis 78 (4): 596-604.

“Trying Cognitivism: A Defence of the Strong Belief Thesis.” (2018) Theoria 84 (2): 140-156.

“Do We Need Partial Intentions?” (2017) Philosophia 45 (3): 995-1005.

“Do Desires Provide Reasons?” (2016) Philosophical Studies 173 (8): 2011-2027.

“Reconceiving Direction of Fit.” (2015) Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 4 (2): 171-180.

"Are Desires Beliefs about Normative Reasons?" (2019) Analytic Philosophy 61 (3): 236-251.

"Agnosticism, Inquiry, and Unanswerable Questions" (2019) Disputatio 11 (53):63-88.

"The Aim of Inquiry" (forthcoming) Disputatio

Classes Taught

PHIL 3152.10 TR 12:45-2:00

PHIL 4192.10 TR 3:45-5:00