noël b. saenz

about me

I am an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received my PhD at the University of Colorado Boulder.

I work in metaphysics. The bulk of my present work is in grounding and seeks to show that various principles of grounding have it that (i) certain entities do not exist and that (ii) in order to get certain derivative entities, we need to expand our fundamental base more than the literature on grounding seems to think. The upshot is that we should not be so permissive when it comes to what derivative entities exist and that grounding can be more costly than we think.

I also do a bit of truthmaking, mereology, and modality, especially as they pertain to grounding.

Other interests of mine include applied ethics, metaethics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion.


a grounding solution to the grounding problem, philosophical studies 172/8 (2015): 2193-2214.

against divine truthmaker simplicity, faith and philosophy 31/4 (2014): 460-474.

the world and truth about what is not, the philosophical quarterly 64 (2014): 82-98.

recent teaching

phil 426: metaphysics (fall 16)

phil 102: intro logic (fall 16)

phil 429: value theory (spring 2016)

phil 101: intro phil (spring 2015)

phil 425: phil mind (spring 2015)