Barry Lam

Associate Professor of Philosophy

-- Vassar College
HWL Affiliation: Emerging Network, Visiting Faculty Fellow
Year Visiting: 2016 to 2017

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.


Visiting Faculty Fellow


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 28 2017
Hi-Phi Nation, the philosophical podcast developed and produced by HWL Visiting Faculty Fellow Barry Lam, is now six episodes into its first season, with several more in the works. Topics covered so... Read More
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


Philosophy through Sound and Stories
-- Sep 28 2016 - 12:00pm
Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College and Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow, will speak as part of the Scholars and Storytelling series in Story Lab.  His goal... Read More
Hi-Phi Nation: The First Story-Driven Podcast About Philosophy
-- May 17 2017 - 11:00am
Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College and Humanities Writ-Large Fellow here at Duke, will be giving a talk and discussion about producing the first season of Hi-Phi Nation,... Read More