Asya Passinsky

Lecturer in Philosophy

Asya Passinsky received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from New York University. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled "The Metaphysics of Social Objects," develops a theory of the general nature of social objects such as political borders, pieces of money, and nation-states. An abstract includes: "Ordinary experience suggests that under certain circumstances, we can create things like money, boundaries, stocks, governments, nation-states and corporations by mere declaration. But we cannot likewise create other kinds of objects in this way. For example, we can cannot create H2O molecules, trees, tables or numbers by mere declaration. So how is it that we can create social objects in this way ? I will argue against a reductivist answer to this creation-by-declaration puzzle which identifes every token social object with a token physical object, and against an eliminativist answer which maintains that social objects do not exist. I will conclude with some speculative remarks about a realist answer to the puzzle."

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She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Economy, and additionally Slavic Languages and Literature, at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, she completed the BPhil in Philosophy at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar.

In the 2017-18 academic year, Professor Passinsky will teach:

Fall term "PHIL 9.07 Ethics of Freedom"

Winter term "PHIL 40: Race, Gender, and Sexuality"

Spring term "PHIL 1.03: Philosophy and Economics"

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Curriculum Vitae
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B.A. University of California, Berkeley
BPhil .Oxford University
Ph.D. New York University

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