Michael Huemer
Born (1969-12-27) December 27, 1969 (age 54)
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Rutgers University (PhD)
Notable work
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Main interests
Notable ideas
Phenomenal conservatism

Michael Huemer (/ˈhjmər/; born 27 December 1969) is a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder.[1] He has defended ethical intuitionism, direct realism, libertarianism, veganism, the repugnant conclusion,[2] and philosophical anarchism.

Education and career

Huemer graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University in 1998 under the supervision of Peter D. Klein.[3]

Philosophical work

Huemer's book Ethical Intuitionism (2005) was reviewed in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews,[4] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research[5] and Mind.[6]

Huemer is the author of The Problem of Political Authority (2013), which argues that the modern arguments for political authority fail and that society can function properly without state coercion.[7]


Huemer is an advocate of ethical vegetarianism. In 2016, Huemer debated Bryan Caplan on the ethical treatment of animals, including insects.[8] In 2018, Huemer commented: "In the overwhelming majority of actual cases, meat eaters do not have any reasons that could plausibly be claimed to justify the pain and suffering caused by their practice."[9]

His Dialogues on Ethical Vegetarianism (2019) is a series of dialogues on the ethics of eating meat. Peter Singer, who wrote the foreword to book, commented that "In the future, when people ask me why I don't eat meat, I will tell them to read this book."[10][11]






  1. ^ "Michael Huemer". 24 March 2015.
  2. ^ Huemer, Michael (2008). "In Defence of Repugnance". Mind. 117 (468): 899–933. ISSN 0026-4423.
  3. ^ "Curriculum Vitae".
  4. ^ McNaughton, David (10 September 2006). "Michael Huemer: Ethical Intuitionism". Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. ISSN 1538-1617.
  5. ^ Schroeder, Mark (2009). "Review: Huemer's Clarkeanism: Ethical Intuitionism by Michael Huemer". Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 78 (1): 197–204. doi:10.1111/j.1933-1592.2008.00239.x. JSTOR 40380419.
  6. ^ Lemos, Noah (2008). "Review: Michael Huemer: Ethical Intuitionism". Mind. 117 (466): 483–486. doi:10.1093/mind/fzn063. ISSN 0026-4423.
  7. ^ Skoble, Aeon J. (2014). "Reviewed Work: The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey by Michael Huemer". The Independent Review. 19 (1): 144–147. JSTOR 24563269.
  8. ^ "Do animals have rights? Professors Bryan Caplan and Michael Huemer discuss". Learnliberty.org. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Debate: Libertarians Should Be Vegetarians". Reason.com. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Interview with Michael Huemer, the author of ”Dialogues on Ethical Vegetarianism". Animainternational.org. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Dialogues on Ethical Vegetarianism". Routledge.com. Retrieved 6 August 2021.

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