Sophie Horowitz

UMass Amherst
Department of Philosophy
352 Bartlett Hall, Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9269

email: shorowitz at
Here is my CV.
I'm an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UMass Amherst. I work on epistemology. More specifically, I am interested in higher-order evidence, permissivism, and formal and informal ways of understanding epistemic value. I am also interested in ethics and practical rationality.

Before coming to UMass, I taught for two years at Rice University. Before that, I was a graduate student at MIT. My dissertation focused on the relationship between epistemic rationality and truth. And before that, I went to Swarthmore College and studied philosophy and studio art.


Predictably Misleading Evidence. In preparation for Matthias Skipper Rasmussen and Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen, eds Higher-Order Evidence: New Essays, OUP. [abstract]

Accuracy and Educated Guesses. Forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Epistemology. [draft] [abstract] *Winner of the 2015 Marc Sanders Prize in Epistemology.

Epistemic Utility and the "Jamesian Goals". In Jeffrey Dunn and Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, eds., Epistemic Consequentialism, OUP. [draft] [abstract]

Uniqueness: A New Argument (with Sinan Dogramaci). Philosophical Issues 26: Knowledge and Mind. 130-147. [pdf] [abstract]

Respecting All the Evidence (with Paulina Sliwa). Philosophical Studies 172 (11):2835-2858. [pdf] [abstract]

Expecting the Unexpected (with Tom Dougherty and Paulina Sliwa), Res Philosophica 92 (2):301-321, special issue on transformative experience. [pdf] [abstract]

Epistemic Akrasia [2014]. Noûs 48 (4):718-744. [pdf] [abstract]

Immoderately Rational [2013]. Philosophical Studies 167(1):1-16. [pdf] [abstract]

Book Reviews and Symposia

Symposium piece on Richard Pettigrew’s Accuracy and the Laws of Credence, Episteme. [draft]

Review of Jonathan Kvanvig, Rationality & Reflection. Mind 125 (498): 565-569. [pdf]

In Progress

Temporary Moral Status [abstract]


Philosophy 164: Medical Ethics. F16. [syllabus]

Proseminar in Philosophy, with Alejandro Pérez Carballo. F16.

Philosophy 303: Theory of Knowledge. (Rice University.) F15, S15. [syllabus]

Philosophy 503: Seminar on Epistemic Value and Normativity. (Rice University.) S15. [syllabus]

Philosophy 304: Metaphysics. (Rice University.) S16. [syllabus]

Philosophy 100: Problems of Philosophy. (Rice University.) S16. [syllabus]