Graham Priest
Position: Distinguished Professor
Program: Philosophy
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8624
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., London School of Economics; Litt.D., Melbourne University
Graham Priest, who joined the Graduate Center in 2009, was born in London and educated at Cambridge University (B.A., M.A.) and the London School of Economics (M.Sc., Ph.D.). He also holds a Litt.D. from the University of Melbourne. He is the most prominent contemporary champion of dialetheism, the view that some claims can be both true and false. His writing covers a wide range of topics, including nonclassical logic, metaphysics, the history of philosophy, and Buddhist philosophy.
Priest has authored numerous books, most notably Beyond the Limits of Thought (1995), An Introduction to Non-Classical Logic (2001), and In Contradiction: A Study of the Transconsistent (2006), all of which are now in their second printings. His recent publications are Towards Non-Being: The Logic and Metaphysics of Intentionality (2005) and Doubt Truth To Be a Liar (2006). His new book, One, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Over the course of his prominent career, he has also published more than two hundred articles—in nearly every major journal of philosophy and logic. He has held visiting research positions at many universities, including the Australian National University, the Universities of Cambridge, Pittsburgh, and São Paulo, New York University, Kyoto University, and the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Graham practices tai chi, and is a fourth dan in Shitoryu Karatedo. He also has a passion for music, and particularly opera.