Ricki Bliss, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Metaphysics, Asian philosophy
Professor Bliss received her Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 2012. During Spring 2014 she is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Prior to going to Otago, she was a visiting lecturer at Kyoto University.
Professor Bliss is the recipient of a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research fellowship, which she took up at Humboldt University of Berlin during a research leave in AY 2016-17. She held a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of the Sciences) Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at Kyoto University in Japan 2011-2013. In addition, Professor Bliss has held fellowships at the University of Hamburg and at the City University of New York, and has been a visiting student at the Australian National University, Arche at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. She is currently a member of the Scientific Board for large research project on “Metaphysical Explanation” at the University of Gothenberg, Sweden, which last year was awarded a 7.7 million Swedish kroner grant by the Riksbankens Jubileums Fond.
Professor Bliss's publications include Reality and its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality, co-edited with Graham Priest (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); ‘The Geography of Fundamentality: An Overview’ (co-authored with Graham Priest) in Reality and its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality;  ‘Grounding and Reflexivity’, in Reality and its Structure: Essays in Fundamentality; ‘On Being Humean about the Emptiness of Causation’, in The Moon Points Back, Yasuo Deguchi, Jay Garfield, Graham Priest, Koji Tanaka (eds), (Oxford University Press, 2015);  ‘Metaphysical Grounding’ (co-authored with K. Trogdon), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N Zalta (ed) (2015); ‘Viciousness and Circles of Ground’, Metaphilosophy 45: 2014; "Viciousness and the Structure of Reality," Philosophical Studies 161: 2013; and reviews of Mark Jago’s Reality-Making in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2016), Fabrice Correia and Benjamin Schnieder’s Metaphysical Grounding: Understanding the Structure of Reality in The Philosophical Review, July (2015), and Goldschmidt (ed)'s The Puzzle of Existence: Why is there Something Rather than Nothing? in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2013) of  ed. Goldschmidt.  Professor Bliss is also working on the Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics (edited with James Miller) and a monograph The God of all Things: Ultimate Explainers and Contemporary Fundamentality, which is a book-length project on the history, Western and non-Western, of God as an ultimate explainer and how the metaphysical issues faced by accounts of God bear on contemporary debates about fundamentality. In addition to her publications, Professor Bliss has given numerous presentations in Norway, Switzerland, South Korea, Spain, Australia, Austria, Finland, Japan, Germany, Hong Kong, the U.K., Taiwan, and a number of universities in the United States.