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Nicholas Silins

Associate Professor

Nicholas Silins

Educational Background

Oxford University, D.Phil in Philosophy, 2004

Oxford University, B.Phil in Philosophy, 2001

Princeton University, B.A. in Comparative Literature, magna cum laude, 1999 


Professor Silins works mainly in epistemology and the philosophy of mind, and has primarily published about the epistemology of perception, self-knowledge, and attention.  He also has interests in cognitive science, aesthetics, classical Asian philosophy, and metaphysics.   

He joined the Sage School in Fall 2006, after completing a Bersoff Fellowship at New York University. He has also been a Fellow at the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University, and an Associate Professor at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

You can find his cv and his published papers here.



  • Philosophy

Graduate Fields

  • Philosophy


  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Epistemology of perception
  • Self-knowledge
  • Attention


    Fall 2021


    (Forthcoming) “Attention and Perceptual Justification”, with Susanna Siegel, for A. Pautz and D. Stoljar (eds.) Themes From Ned Block (MIT)

    (2018) “The structure of episodic memory: Ganeri’s ‘Mental time travel and attention’”, with Susanna Siegel, Australasian Philosophical Review 4: 374-394              

    (2016) “Cognitive Penetration and the Epistemology of Perception”, Blackwell Compass 11: 24-42 

    (2015) “Perceptual Experience and Perceptual Justification”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 

    (2015) “The Epistemology of Perception”, with Susanna Siegel, in (ed.) M. Matthen, The Oxford Handbook of Perception (OUP)

    (2014) “The Agony of Defeat?”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 88: 505-532.

    (2014) “Experience Does Justify Belief”, in R. Neta (ed.) Current Controversies in Epistemology (Routledge)

    (2014) “Consciousness, Attention, and Justification”, with Susanna Siegel, in D. Dodd and E. Zardini (eds.) Scepticism and Perceptual Justification (OUP)

    (2013) “Introspection and Inference”, Philosophical Studies 163: 291-315

    (2013) “The Significance of High-Level Content”, in (ed.) B. Brogaard, special volume of Philosophical Studies 162: 13-33

    (2012) “Judgment as a Guide to Belief”, in (eds.) D. Smithies and D. Stoljar, Introspection and Consciousness (OUP)

    (2011) “Seeing Through the ‘Veil of Perception’”, Mind 120: 329-67                                                                                                                                                                                    

    (2011) "Explaining Perceptual Entitlement", Erkenntnis Online First 

    (2008) "Basic Justification and the Moorean Response to the Skeptic”, Oxford Studies in Epistemology: Volume 2 

    (2005) “Transmission Failure Failure”, Philosophical Studies 126: 71-102

    (2005) “Deception and Evidence”, Philosophical Perspectives 19: 375-404