Hilary Greaves
Greaves in 2015
Born1978 (age 44–45)
Education
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Institutions
ThesisSpacetime Symmetries and the CPT Theorem (2008)
Doctoral advisorFrank Arntzenius
Main interests
Websiteusers.ox.ac.uk/~mert2255/

Hilary Greaves (born 1978) is a British philosopher, currently serving as professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford.[1] From 2017 to 2022, she was the founding director of the Global Priorities Institute, a research centre for effective altruism at the university supported by the Open Philanthropy Project.[2][3]

Education

Greaves earned a BA in philosophy and physics from the University of Oxford in 2003, and a PhD in philosophy from Rutgers in 2008.[4] Her doctoral thesis was titled Spacetime Symmetries and the CPT Theorem and was supervised by Frank Arntzenius.[5] She has held appointments at Merton College and Somerville College and, since 2016, has been a professor of philosophy at Oxford.[4]

Research

Greaves' current work is on issues related to effective altruism, particularly in connection to global prioritisation. Her research interests include moral philosophy (including foundational issues in consequentialism, interpersonal aggregation, population ethics,[6] and moral uncertainty), formal epistemology, and the philosophy of physics,[7] particularly quantum mechanics.[8][9]

In October 2022, she was featured in Vox's Future Perfect 50 for her work on longtermism.[10] She has argued that, just as geographical distance should make no difference to how important it is to alleviate a person's suffering (to the extent that one is able to), temporal distance is likewise morally irrelevant. Greaves has defended her longtermist position in terms of both utilitarian outcomes and intergenerational justice.[11]

Selected publications

Books

Peer-reviewed articles

References

  1. ^ "Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford". Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Global Priorities Institute opens at Oxford". Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  3. ^ "People, Global Priorities Institute". Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Curriculum vitae: Hilary Greaves" (PDF). Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  5. ^ Greaves, Hilary (2008). Spacetime symmetries and the CPT theorem. RUcore (Thesis). Rutgers University. doi:10.7282/T3CF9QFX. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  6. ^ Riesz, Matthew (28 March 2015). "British Academy announces Rising Star Engagement winners". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Hilary Greaves' home page". Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  8. ^ Price, Huw (2012). "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Can Savage Salvage Everettian Probability?" (PDF). Many Worlds? Everett, Quantum Theory, & Reality. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199655502. OCLC 1103786900.
  9. ^ Dizadji-Bahmani, Foad (2015). "The Probability Problem in Everettian Quantum Mechanics Persists". British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 66 (2): 257–283. doi:10.1093/bjps/axt035.
  10. ^ Matthews, Dylan (20 October 2022). "Hilary Greaves is the world's leading philosopher of the long-term future". Vox. Retrieved 26 April 2023.
  11. ^ Samuel, Sigal (2 July 2021). "What we owe to future generations". Vox. Retrieved 17 November 2023.
  12. ^ "Cushing Prize 2012 Winner". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved 2 November 2019.