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Graham Oddie

Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder

Graham Oddie has broad interests in philosophy, publishing in epistemology, philosophy of science,
metaphysics, logic, and ethics. His current work is focused on the nature and status of value—whether
or not value is part of the furniture of the world and if so, whether and how we might have access to
facts about value. He wrote a PhD at the University of London on the problem of truthlikeness—what
it takes for one proposition to be closer to the truth than another—and published the first monograph
on the topic (Likeness to Truth, Reidel, 1986). Recently he has been exploring issues of cognitive value
in the burgeoning field of formal epistemology (e.g., “What Accuracy Could Not Be,” The British Journal
for the Philosophy of Science
). Over the last two decades he has developed a robustly realist account of
value, presented in Value, Reality, and Desire (Oxford University Press, 2009) and in a variety of papers.

Oddie began his academic career at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He moved to a professorship
at Massey University in 1988 and from there to a professorship at the University of Colorado Boulder in
1994, where he has served as Department Chair and Associate Dean for Humanities and the Arts. He has
held visiting positions in Finland, Israel, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Sweden, including the Imre
Lakatos Visiting Fellowship at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Starr Fellow-
ship at the University of Oxford, and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the Institute for Futures
Studies in Stockholm. As a Collegium Fellow, Oddie will continue working on value, including an account
of the good that aspires to unify the plethora of diverse value phenomena.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2018-19.