John Perry

Host Emeritus

John Perry is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Riverside, and Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stanford University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of many honors and awards, including the Nicod and Humboldt Prizes. A popular lecturer, in 1990 he was awarded the Dinkelspiel Award for undergraduate teaching. He is the author of over 100 articles and books, including A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality, Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness, and Reference and Reflexivity. He also has the internet’s most popular essay on procrastination.


Thoughts on Retirement


Take the Mirror Test

Free Speech on Campus

Trust and Mistrust

Dewey's Democracy

The Philosophy of Puns

Struggles of Democracy

Life as a Work of Art

How Many Children?

Gun Control

The Debt Crisis

Sartre's Existentialism

Truth & Other Fictions


The Demands of Morality