Yuval Avnur

Professor of Philosophy
Chair, Department of Philosophy

Department: Philosophy
Office Address: Miller 209
Office Phone: (909) 607-3047
Personal Website:
Yuval Avnur

Academic History

  • B.A. Philosophy and Music Composition, UC Santa Barbara
  • Ph.D. Philosophy, NYU

Areas of Expertise


Selected Research and Publications

  • Editor of the journal, Midwest Studies in Philosophy.
  • “What is Wrong with the Online Echo Chamber: a motivated reasoning account,” Journal of Applied Philosophy, Volume 37, Issue 4, August 2020 Pages 578-593
  • “Justification as a Loaded Notion,” Synthese, (forthcoming)
  • “Unicorn Agnosticism,” Inquiry, (forthcoming).
  • “What is Wrong with Agnostic Belief?” in Agnosticism: Explorations in Philosophy and Religious Thought, (forthcoming). Gavin Hyman & Francis Fallon, Editors. Oxford University Press.
  • “Denial, Silence, and Openness,” The Meaning and Power of Negativity, (forthcoming). Ingolf Dalferth, Editor. Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen.
  • "The Nature and Limits of Skeptical Criticism." International Journal for the Study of Skepticism, (forthcoming).
  • "On What Does Rationality Hinge?" International Journal for the Study of Skepticism., 7 (2017) 246-257.
  • Review of "Science and Religion in Wittgenstein's Fly-Bottle," by Tim Labron. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
  • "How Irrelevant Influences Bias Belief." Philosophical Perspectives, Special Issue: Epistemology, Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 7–39, December 2015 (co-authored with Dion Scott-Kakures)
  • "On Losing Your Self in Your Afterlife." Self or No-Self? The Debate about Selflessness and the Sense of Self (forthcoming), Ingolf Dalferth, Editor. Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen.
  • "Excuses for Hume’s Skepticism." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Volume 92, Issue 2, pages 264–306, March 2016.
  • "On an Irrelevant Regress." Theoria, Volume 82, Issue 1, pages 81–88, February 2016.
  • "Closure Reconsidered." Philosophers' Imprint, Volume 12, Number 9, 2012.
  • "Mere Faith and Entitlement," Synthese: Special Issue on Skepticism and Justification, Volume 189, Issue 2 (2012), Page 297-315.
  • "No Closure on Skepticism." Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 92, Issue 4 (2011), pp 439-447. (with Christopher Buford and Anthony Brueckner)
  • "Hawthorne on the Deeply Contingent A Priori," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Volume 83, Issue 1 pp. 174-183, July 2011
  • "An Old Problem for the New Rationalism." Synthese, Volume 183, Issue 2 (2011), pp 175-185.
  • "In Defense of Secular Belief." Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Vol. IV (2011), Jonathan L. Kvanvig, Editor. Clarendon Press, Oxford.

Awards and Honors

  • Johnson Faculty Achievement Award For Excellence in Teaching, 2010-2011.
  • Johnson Faculty Achievement Award For Excellence in Scholarship, 2009-2010 and 2014-2015.
  • Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, NYU, 2001-2006

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