Professor Ricki Bliss

Lehigh University Philosophy - Ricki BlissThe Philosophy department is pleased to announce that Professor Ricki Bliss joined the faculty as an assistant professor in Fall 2014. Professor Bliss specializes in metaphysics, metametaphysics, epistemology, and 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 recently won a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Humboldt University in Germany, which she will take up after she gets settled into life as a Lehigh faculty member. 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 in Germany 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.

Professor Bliss's publications include "Viciousness and the Structure of Reality, Philosophical Studies (2012); "On the Incompatibility of the Regularity Account of Causation and the Madhyamaka Doctrine of Emptiness," in The Moon Points Back, ed. Deguchi, Garfield, Priest, and Tanaka (Oxford University Press, 2013), and a review in the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2013) of The Puzzle of Existence: Why is there Something Rather than Nothing?, ed. Goldschmidt. Forthcoming pieces include "Metaphysical Grounding," for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and "Viciousness and Reflexivity," for a special edition of Metaphilosophy. In addition to her publications, Professor Bliss has given numerous presentations in Australia, Austria, Finland, Japan, Germany, Hong Kong, the U.K., Taiwan, and a number of universities in the United States.

Professor Bliss's hiring was made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, one aim of which is to further the internationalization of the Philosophy department and the College of Arts and Sciences more generally.  She will teach Eastern Philosophy regularly, as well as other courses in Asian and comparative philosophy; these courses will contribute to the Asian Studies Program in the College. She will also be responsible the metaphysics and epistemology courses in the Philosophy program.

The Philosophy department is looking forward to welcoming Professor Bliss as our colleague and teacher.