Associate Professor of Philosophy
-- Vassar College
Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College, studies the nature of epistemic rationality and justification (that is, updating your beliefs when receiving new evidence, mitigating cognitive biases, and examining why you believe what you believe). His scholarly works have ranged from the philosophy of language to philosophy and cognitive science.
The focus of Lam’s fellowship will be a series of podcasts called Hi-Phi Nation. Conceived as audio documentary in the vein of This American Life, The Ted Radio Hour, and Freakonomics Radio, its focus will be philosophical examination of ideas that arise from ordinary and remarkable stories of human life. With the series Lam hopes to advance the relationship between the public and academic philosophy and between philosophy and narrative-storytelling. Both relationships are currently strained or non-existent. While at Duke he will work closely with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong in Philosophy and with the faculty and students of StoryLab.
2016-17 Visiting Faculty Fellows
-- May 19 2016
The Humanities Writ Large Steering Committee has selected three Visiting Faculty Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year. They are: Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Vassar College Patricia... Read More
Philosophers Looking Forward to Hi-Phi Nation
-- Jan 13 2017
Daily Nous, a website devoted to "news for and about the philosophy profession," is excited about Hi-Phi Nation, the podcast series Barry Lam is developing while he is a Visiting Faculty Fellow at... Read More
A New Way of Doing Philosophy
-- Feb 10 2017
What ethical dilemmas does a soldier face when he or she witnesses atrocities on the battlefield? Why does society often honor the wishes of the dead even when they conflict with the needs of the... Read More