Amie Thomasson

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Amie L. Thomasson
BornJuly 4, 1968
EducationDuke University (BA)
University of California, Irvine (MA, PhD)
SpousePeter Lewis
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
InstitutionsDartmouth College
Main interests
Metaphysics, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, philosophy of art
WebsitePersonal website

Amie Lynn Thomasson (born July 4, 1968) is an American philosopher, currently Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College. Thomasson specializes in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, phenomenology and the philosophy of art. She is the author of Fiction and Metaphysics (1999), Ordinary Objects (2007), Ontology Made Easy (2015), and Norms and Necessity (2020).[1][2]


Thomasson was a visiting student at Brasenose College, Oxford (1987–1988) before obtaining her BA from Duke University in 1989, her MA in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 1992 and her PhD in 1995, also from UCI. While at UCI, she studied primarily under David Woodruff Smith.[3] She then worked as a teaching assistant at UCI (1992–1995), a visiting instructor at the University of Salzburg, Austria (1993), assistant professor of philosophy at Texas Tech University (1995–2000), and research assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong (1998–2000). In 2000 she joined the University of Miami as an assistant, then associate and ultimately, full professor. She joined the faculty at Dartmouth College in July 2017.[1]

Selected works[edit]

  • Norms and Necessity, Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • Ontology Made Easy, Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Ordinary Objects, Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • with David W. Smith (eds.), Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind, Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Fiction and Metaphysics, Cambridge University Press, 1999.


  1. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae",
  2. ^ Richard Marshall, "On the reality of sherlock holmes etc" Archived 2013-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, 3:AM Magazine, 28 June 2013.
  3. ^ "I am Amie Thomasson, Professor of Philosophy and Cooper Fellow at the University of Miami. AMA about metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of art!". 11 January 2017.

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