Nicholas Rimell


B.A. (Duke University); M.A. (University of Chicago); Ph.D. (University of Virginia)
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Before joining CUHK’s Department of Philosophy at the beginning of 2022, I was a lecturer at Jilin University, in Changchun, China, from 2018 to 2021. I received a BA in philosophy and English literature from Duke University in 2006, an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2008, and and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2018. At the University of Virginia, I worked under Trenton Merricks.

My research involves metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and ethics. I am especially interested in where these areas of inquiry come together. These days, I have three projects in various stages. First, for a while, I’ve been exploring the nature of mental representation and its connection to first-personal knowledge, to the nature of proper reasoning, and to a variety of ontological issues. This project involves the recent publication of a book, by Palgrave MacMillan, called “Representational Content and the Objects of Thought”. Second, the project I’m in the middle of right now has to do with the metaphysics of personal identity and its connection to a variety of ethical issues. Part of this project involves reflection on the issue of what matters in identity. Third, a project I have planned for the future centers on the relationship among the metaphysics of personal identity, the nature of the persistence of objects in general, and the nature of time. I’m especially interested in exploring the relationship between the persistence of persons (and of objects more generally) and the growing block theory of time.


  1. 形上学
  2. 心灵哲学
  3. 伦理学


  • Forthcoming in print, published online October 2021. Co-authored with Matthew Adams. “Can the Future-Like-Ours Argument Survive Ontological Scrutiny?”, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. DOI: 10.1093/jmp/jhab033.
  • Representational Content and the Objects of Thought. Palgrave MacMillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-16-3517-5.
  • Co-edited with Qu Hongmei and Gerhard Zecha. Selected Readings in Western Ethics, 2nd Edition. Beijing: Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Press. ISBN: 978-7-5692-8154-5.
  • “On Metaethics.” In Selected Readings in Western Ethics, 2nd Edition, eds. Qu Hongmei, Gerhard Zecha, and Nicholas Rimell. Beijing: Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Press. ISBN: 978-7-5692-8154-5.
  • “Persons, Stages, and Tensed Belief,” Erkenntnis 83 (3): 577-593. DOI: 10.1007/s10670-017-9903-5.