I am an Assosciate Professor of philosophy at Lehigh University in the old milling town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (it's a bit like this). Before that I had the good fortune of spending some time at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand (practically Antarctica). And before that, I was a JSPS postdoctoral research fellow at Kyoto University, Japan (practically paradise). I was also the very lucky recipient of a research grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and an external member of  the Metaphysical Explanation project run by Anna-Sofia Maurin out of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.  I work mostly in analytic metaphysics - metaphysical dependence, explanation and fundamentality - but am increasingly bored by the state of that literature.

I wrote my doctoral dissertation - Against Metaphysical Foundationalism - under Graham Priest at the University of Melbourne - right before successive governments started properly gutting Australian humanities departments. My examiners were Daniel Nolan and Ted Sider. During this time, I had the good fortune of spending time in Japan, St.Andrews and New York.

In addition to working in analytic metaphysics, I have interests in the history of philosophy - especially the Rationalists - and Asian philosophy - especially the Indian Buddhist traditions.  I also spend an unusual amount of time thinking about God, and the deep moral and existential importance of beauty. Being inclined in this direction has lead me to a growing interest in philosophy as an ethical (as opposed to something like a scientific) enterprise.

I can't help but feel a little bit thrilled to be a member of a species that numbers amongst its achievements the development of extreme ironing as a sport.  Adventure meets Hausfrau, and it's almost more than I can bear.

When I am not working, I like to swim.

You can email me at: rickibliss@gmail.com or rlb314@lehigh.edu