noël b. saenz

about me

I am presently an Illinois Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the fall, I will be an assistant professor of philosophy here at UIUC.

Before coming to Illinois, I lived in Boulder Colorado where I received my PhD at the University of Colorado, Kalamazoo Michigan where I received my MA at Western Michigan, and La Mirada California where I received my BA at Biola.

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.

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


phil 429: value theory (uiuc, sp16)

phil 425: phil mind (uiuc, spr15)

phil 101 intro phil (uiuc, fa14)

phil 1000: intro phil (cu, sp14)

phil 1200: applied ethics (cu, fa13)

phil 1000: intro phil (cu, su13)

phil 1000: intro phil (cu, sp12)

phil 1000: intro phil (cu, fa11)

phil 3340: bioethics (wmich, su09)

phil 2000: intro phil (wmich, sp09)

phil 3340: bioethics (wmich, fa08)

phil 3340: bioethics (wmich, su08)