Michael Blome-Tillmann

McGill Philosophy ~ Cambridge Philosophy


I'm an Associate Professor in Philosophy at McGill University and a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher at the University of Cambridge. From 2016 on I will hold a William Dawson Scholarship, McGill’s equivalent to a Canada Research Chair. Before joining the McGill faculty in 2009 I was the Stevenson Junior Research Fellow in the Arts at University College, Oxford. I have earned a BPhil (2003) and DPhil (2007) in philosophy from the University of Oxford.

My primary areas of research lie in epistemology, the philosophy of language, and especially their intersection (the semantics of knowledge attributions). I have published articles on a number of topics in epistemology, including scepticism, closure, Moorean reasoning, reliabilism, and epistemic contextualism, but also on topics in the philosophy of language—such as conversational implicatures and definite descriptions. A monograph developing my views on epistemic contextualism has appeared recently with Oxford University Press.

Besides the above work, I’m interested in pretty much any philosophical topic that is related to knowledge or to issues in the areas of the three Ls: logic, language and linguistics.

For more details on my current research please visit my research section.

Recent News

  • Knowledge and Presuppositions has been described as "outstanding", "a must read", and "a seriously excellent book" on Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
  • My monograph Knowledge and Presuppositions has now been published with OUP.
  • I have just been granted tenure at McGill and have been promoted to the level of Associate Professor.
  • Ignorance, Presuppositions, and the Simple View, is now forthcoming in Mind.
  • My paper Solving the Moorean Puzzle has been accepted for publication by Philosophical Studies.
  • My paper Counter Closure and Knowledge despite Falsehood (co-authored with Brian Ball) is now forthcoming in the Philosophical Quarterly .
  • The EU has recently offered me a two-year Marie Curie Research Fellowship, which I will hold at the University of Cambridge.
  • My paper Contextualism and the Knowledge Norms has been accepted for publication by the Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.
  • I have been nominated for the 2010 SSHRC Aurora Prize and named Canada’s “top ranked new scholar” in the SRG competition in philosophy.