Dan Baras

Dan Baras

Dan Baras

Philosophy

Areas of Specialty: epistemology, metaethics, philosophy of religion
Areas of Competence: ethics, logic, philosophy of science

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D. Philosophy: Ben Gurion University (2011–2016)
    - Dissertation Title: Epistemic Challengs to Robust Moral Realism
    -  Supervisors: David Enoch, Yehuda Gellman

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visiting Student (fall 2013; fall 2014)

  • M.A. Philosophy: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2005-2009)

  • B.Ed. Jewish Studies: Herzog College (2002–2005)

Post Doctoral Research

  • Harvard University, Associate of the Department of Philosophy (Aug-Dec 2019)

  • The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Post-Doctoral Fellow (2017–present)

  • The Center for Moral and Political Philosophy, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Post-Doctoral Fellow (2016–2017)

  • Visiting Scholar at New York University, department of philosophy (Sep–Oct 2016)

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals:

  • ‘Modal Security’ (with Justin Clarke-Doane), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (forthcoming)

  • ‘A Strike against a Striking Principle’, Philosophical Studies (forthcoming)

  • How Close Are Impossible Worlds? : A Critique of Brogaard and Salerno’s Account of Counterpossibles’, dialectica (forthcoming)

  • ‘A Moral Argument against Absolute Authority of the Torah’, Sophia (forthcoming) (substantial revision of the Hebrew version)

  • ‘The Explanatory Challenge: Moral Realism Is No Better Than Theism’, European Journal of Philosophy (2018)

  • ‘Why Do Certain States of Affairs Call for Explanation? A Critique of Two Horwichian Accounts’, Philosophia (2018)

  • ‘A Reliability Challenge to Theistic Platonism’, Analysis 77:3 (2017), pp. 479-487

  • ‘Our Reliability Is In Principle Explainable’, Episteme 14:2 (2017), pp. 197–211

Under Review:

  • ‘Calling for Explanation: The Case of the Thermodynamic Past State’ (with Orly Shenker) (R&R Philosophy of Science)

  • ‘Do Extraordinary Types Call For Explanation?’

  • ‘No Need to Get Up From the Armchair (If You Are Interested in Debunking of Moral Beliefs)’

  • ‘How Can Necessary Facts Call for Explanation?’

Work in Progress

  • Book: Calling for Explanation (temporary title)

  • ‘Explaining Away a Purported Disanalogy between Practical and Epistemic Reasons: Response to Selim Berker’

  • ‘Surprise Surprise! What is a surprise and when is it fitting to be surprised?’ (with Oded Na’aman)

Book Reviews:

  • ‘Graham Oppy. 2018. Atheism and Agnosticism’, Reading Religion (2019)

  • ‘Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.). 2012. Oxford Studies in Metaethics Volume 7’, The Journal of Moral Philosophy 12/3 (2015), pp. 359 – 362.

  • ‘Jill Graper Hernandez (ed.). 2011. The New Intuitionism’, Metapsychology Online Reviews 16/49 (2012)

  • ‘Norman Solomon. 2012. Torah from Heaven’, Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization blog (2012)

Other Publications:

  • ‘A Moral Argument Against Absolute Authority of The Torah’ (Hebrew), in: Judaism, Sovereignty and Human Rights, vol. 2 (2016), the Israel Democracy Institute

Academic Presentations

* Papers accepted to a future event are marked with an asterisk.

  • 'A Strike Against A Striking Principle'

  • * Eastern APA, Philadelphia (2020)

  • International Conference on Explanation in Philosophy, Wuhan University (2019)

  • The Haifa Conference on the Philosophy of Religion, Haifa University (2018)

  • Tel Hai College, Philosophy Dep. Colloquium (2017)

  •  ‘How Can Necessary Facts Call For Explanation?’

  • 93rd Joint Session of the Aristotelean Society and the Mind Association, Durham (2019)

  • 22nd Meeting of the New Israeli Philosophy Association, Bar-Ilan University (2019)

  • ‘Modal Security’

  • Cyprus MetaEthics workshop, University of Cyprus (2019)

  • ‘Do Some Facts Call For Explanation? What Does That Even Mean?’

  • Philosophy Department Colloquium, Haifa University (2019)

  • The Martin Buber Society of Fellows Colloquium, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2019)

  • ‘Does The Past Low Entropy Of Our Universe Call For Explanation?’

  • The 21st Meeting of the New Israeli Philosophy Association, Haifa University (2018)

  • ‘No Need To Get Up From The Armchair’

  • Biology and Ethics: Prospects and Challenges, The Hebrew University (2017)

  • ‘Extraordinary Types: Schlesinger’s Theory of Strikingness’

  • Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, the Hebrew University (2017)

  • Philosophy Department Colloquium, the Hebrew University (2016)

  • ‘Strikingness: Why Do Certain States Of Affairs Call For Explanation?’

  • Explanatory Reasoning in the Sciences, 2nd Jerusalem-MCMP Workshop in the Philosophy of Science, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (2017)

  • Society of Christian Philosophers Eastern Regional Meeting, Rutgers (2016)

  • Philosophy Department Colloquium, Ben Gurion University (2016)

  • ‘Our Reliability is Explainable: Responding to the Benacerraf-Field Challenge’

  • The 18th Meeting of the New Israeli Philosophy Association, the Open University of Israel (2015)

  • M.A.T.T.I., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014)

  • The Underground Workshop, the Hebrew University (2014)

  • ‘Causal Debunking: Can the Causal History of a Belief Give One Reason to Drop the Belief?’

  • The 16th  Meeting of the New Israeli Philosophy Association, Bar Ilan University (2013)

  • The 2nd HUJI Graduate Conference in Philosophy, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2013)

  • Epistemology Reading Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2013)

  • ‘Darwinian Challenges to Realism in Morality and Religion’

  • Knowledge, Reality and Value: East and West, the Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion, Kolkata, India (2013)

  • HUJI Graduate Conference in Philosophy, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2012)

  • ‘The Prophecy of the Jurist: Moral, Jurisprudential and Halakhic Intuitionism’

  • Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash, Shalem Center, Jerusalem (2012)

  • Legal Theory and Jewish Studies, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem (2012)

  • ‘The Explanatory Challenge to Moral and Theistic Realism’

  • The 15th Meeting of the New Israeli Philosophy Association, University of Haifa (2012)

  • ‘The Problem of Disagreement in Ethics and Religion’

  • The Phenomenology of Faith, graduate workshop, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem (2010)

  • ‘Moral Supervenience Arguments’

  • The 14th Meeting of the New Israeli Philosophy Association , the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2011)

  • Practical Ethics in Question, graduate workshop, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2010)

Fellowships

  • The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2017–present)

  • The Center for Moral and Political Philosophy, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2016–2017)

  • JNF-KKL Switzerland-Israel Foundation for the Promotion of Philosophy in Israel, fellowship for outstanding philosophy graduate Students (2015)

  • Ben Gurion University: Negev Fellowship for Outstanding Graduate Students (2011-2015)

  • The Israel Democracy Institute: Human Rights and Judaism, fellowship for outstanding young scholars (2012–2015)

  • The Van Leer Institute, Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University: Legal Theory and Jewish Studies, fellowship for outstanding young scholars (2011-2012)

  • The Center for Austrian Studies at the Hebrew University: Full scholarship for summer course in German language at the University of Vienna (2009)

  • Herzog College: Eshkolot Scholarship for Outstanding Students (full tuition) (2002-2005)

Teaching Experience

  • *Planned: ‘Theism & Atheism’, co-taught with Aaron Segal, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Philosophy, Spring 2020

  •  ‘Advanced Epistemology: Striking Facts’, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Philosophy, Spring 2019

  • ‘Topics in the Philosophy of Life Science’, Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Fall 2015–2016; Fall 2016–2017; Fall 2017-2018

  • ‘Philosophy of Science’, Department of Psychology, Ben Gurion University, Spring 2016

Additional Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer in Talmud and Jewish Philosophy at various institutions including Beit Midrash Havruta at the Hebrew University and Drisha Institute for Jewish Education (2007–2012)

  • T.A. Introduction to Logic, the Hebrew University (2009, 2010)

Teachers’ Training:

  • Course: Effective Teaching in Higher Education, the Hebrew University’s Teaching & Learning Center (2018)

  • High school teaching, training and experience as part of B.Ed. (2003–2007)

workshop organization & Administrative Experience

  • Interdisciplinary International Workshop on “Surprise”, co-organized with Oded Na’aman, Hebrew University, May 2020 (funds raised: 14,000$)

  • Workshop and fellowship coordinator, ‘Legal Theory and Jewish Studies’, The Van Leer Institute and Cardozo School of Law (2011-2012)

  • Founder and coordinator of ‘Mitnadvei Shvut Am’, a national volunteer project helping Ethiopian immigrants integrate in Israeli society, (2005–2007)