Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin



EMPLOYMENT       Sam Houston State University: Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2015 – )

UC Riverside: Postdoc on the Immortality Project (2012-2015)


EDUCATION           PhD: UC Riverside (2012)

MA: Boston College (2007)

BA (w/Honors): Residential College, UM Ann Arbor (2002)

  (Major: Creative Writing and Literature)


AOS                            Ethics, Action


AOC                                  Race, Law, Biomedical Ethics, Mind, Logic




1. Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife (w/ John Martin Fischer), New York: Oxford University Press (2016).



9. "A View of Racism: 2016 and America's Original Sin," forthcoming in Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy.

8. “Unraveling the Knot: On Race, Racism, and Human History,” forthcoming in Think.


7. “S5 for Aristotelian Actualists” (w/ Michael Nelson), Philosophical Studies 173 (June 2016): 1537-1569.


6. “Deep Reflection: In Defense of Korsgaard’s Orthodox Kantianism,” Res Philosophica 93 (Jan. 2016): 1-25.


5. “Aligning with the Good,” Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy (July 2015): 1-8.


4. “The Platonic Model: Statement, Clarification and Defense,” Philosophical Explorations 18 (Sept. 2015): 378-392.


3. “Immortality and Boredom,” (w/John Martin Fischer) The Journal of Ethics 18 (Dec. 2014): 353-372.


2. “The Near-Death Experience Argument Against Physicalism: A Critique,” (w/ John Martin Fischer) Journal of Consciousness Studies 21 (Jul./Aug. 2014): 158-183.


1. “In Defense of the Platonic Model: A Reply to Buss,” Ethics 124 (Jan. 2014): 342-357.




4. “On the Desirability of Immortality,” in Michael Cholbi and Travis Timmerman, eds., Exploring the Philosophy of Death: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, 2019).


3. “(Not) Riding into the Sunset: The Significance of Endings,” (w/ John Martin Fischer) in Zachary Goldberg, ed., reflections on responsibility: Essays in Honor of Peter French, Cham: Springer (2017): 201-218.


2. “The Significance of an Afterlife,” in John Davis, ed., Ethics at the End of Life: New Issues and Arguments, New York: Routledge (2017): 47-60.


1. “Immortality,” (w/ John Martin Fischer) special issue of The Journal of Ethics (Dec. 2015): 231-236.



2. “Review of Randolph Clarke, Michael McKenna, and Angela Smith, eds., The Nature of Moral Responsibility: New Essays,” Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (Jan. 2016).


1. “Review of Robert N. Johnson’s Self-Improvement: An Essay in Kantian Ethics,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 11 (June 2014): 535-538.



Life, Death, and the Self (a blog at Psychology Today)


Science, sincerity, and transformation of near-death experiences” (at the OUP Blog)


The Case for Treating Near-Death Experiences Like Acid Trips,” Interview at Religion Dispatches (Aug. 2016)


Beyond the Dark Podcast,” Interview on Radio City Talk  (Aug. 2016)



“A View of Racism: 2016 and America’s Original Sin,” 5th Annual Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference, University of Tampa, October 14, 2017


“The Drive to Dominate,” Faculty Colloquium, Sam Houston State University, October 11, 2017


“The Platonic Model 2.0,” FLAWS 3, West Virginia University, September 22, 2017; Pacific APA, March 2018


Invited panelist for "When the Bell Tolls," a Bookend Event of the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival, September 17, 2016


Author-meets-critic session on Near-Death Experiences at the 2016 Conference of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying, Syracuse University, May 18, 2016


Invited contributor to “The History of Mortality: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” the University of California Humanities Research Institute, January 23, 2015


“Human Agency and Values,” Univ. of Redlands, October 1, 2014 (colloquium); DePauw Univ., February 18, 2015; Sam Houston St. Univ., March 5, 2015


“How Not to Argue about Self-Governance,” Univ. of San Francisco, Aug. 2013


“Two Interpretations of Contractualist Moral Agency” Pacific APA, March 2013


 “Self-Governance, Moral Responsibility and Weakness of Will: In Defense of the Platonic Model” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, University of Colorado, Aug. 2011


 “Self-Governance and Moral Responsibility,” Moral Responsibility: Analytic Approaches, Substantive Accounts and Case Studies, Ghent, Belgium, Oct. 2010


“Might Intentions Be Reasons?” NYU/Columbia Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, Columbia University, April 2010


“A Dilemma for Setiya’s Virtue Theory of Reasons” Action, Agency, and Explanation, University of Toronto, May 2009


“Two Worries about Current Methodology in Empirical Moral Psychology” Ohio State University Philosophy Graduate Conference, Ohio State University, May 2008


“Disambiguating All-Things-Considered-‘Ought’ Statements,” Society for Student Philosophers, Pacific APA, March, 2008; FSU Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, Florida State University, Sept. 2007


“Agent-Based Virtues: Fundamental Moral Concepts and the Human Agent,” Boston College Philosopher’s Forum, Boston College, February, 2007


“Practical Moral Luck and Future Success,” Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 2007


 “Agent-Based Virtues: Fundamental Moral Concepts and the Human Agent,” REALIA Summer Conference, Burlington, Vermont, Aug. 2006


“Who is Coco Bryce?: A Case Study in Personal Identity,” Gateway Graduate Philosophy Conference, University of Missouri, St. Louis, May 2006


“Counter-Intuitionist: A Defense of Classical Quantifier Exchange,” Kent State University May 4th Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, Kent State University, March 2006



“Comments on Marius Pascale’s ‘Morbid, Morose, and Moral,” 5th Annual Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference, University of Tampa, October 15, 2017


“Comments on Buehler’s ‘Attention, and Agential Control of Bodily Action’” Pacific APA, April 2014


“Comments on Buehler’s ‘Attention, and Agential Control of Bodily Action’” Pacific APA, April 2014


“Comments on Davis and Rantanen,” California Polytechnic University, Pomona, Mini-Conference on Radial Life Extension, March 2014


“Comments on Robinson’s ‘The Limits of “Limited-Blockage” Frankfurt-Style Cases’” Pacific APA, April 2012


“Comments on Eason’s ‘The Ownership Condition of Guidance Control: Responding to Empirical Challenges” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, University of Colorado, Aug. 2010


“Comments on Coffey’s ‘The Mere Means Principle and the Expressive Nature of Treating: How Parfit Got it Wrong,” FSU Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, Florida State University, Sept. 2007



Outstanding Teaching Assistant (UCR Spring 2012)

Dissertation Year Fellowship (UCR Fall 2011 - Winter 2012)

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Finalist (2011)

Travel Grant (UCR 2011, 2010)

Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (UCR Fall 2007 - Spring 2008)

Robertson Award (excellence in creative writing) (UM Residential College 2003)

University Honors (UM 2002)




European Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Explorations, Disputatio, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Res Philosophica, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Mind, Philosophia, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Law and Philosophy, Consciousness and Cognition, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Theoria


         American Philosophical Association

Society for Philosophy of Agency

Session Chair at the Pacific APA (April 2011; April 2010)

Graduate Representative, UCR Department of Philosophy (Fall, 2008-Spring 2010)

Member of BC Phil Grad Student Conference selection committee (Spring 2006)



Writing in the Disciplines pedagogical workshop (May 2016)

Background materials for the Immortality Project (

Author of Companion Site materials for S. M. Cahn’s Exploring Philosophy (4th Ed.)

Research Assistant for development of Oxford Scholarship Online abstracts for Gary Watson’s Agency and Answerability

Index for Manuel Vargas’ Building Better Beings