Institute for Social Justice

Professorial Fellows

Professor Akeel Bilgrami

Professorial Fellow Institute for Social Justice

Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University

Professor Akeel Bilgrami joined the Institute for Social Justice as a Professorial Fellow in 2015 and is currently the Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

He has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, after writing a dissertation, “Meaning as Invariance,” on the subject of the indeterminacy of translation and issues concerning realism and linguistic meaning.

Professor Bilgrami has two relatively independent sets of intellectual interests–in the Philosophy of Mind and Language, and in Political Philosophy and Moral Psychology especially as they surface in politics, history, and culture. He is particularly interested in issues in Politics and Rationality as well as Religion and Politics in a Global Context.

He is the author of three books: Belief and Meaning (Blackwell 1992); Self Knowledge and Resentment (Harvard University Press 2006) as well as a book of selected essays on the moral psychology of politics entitled Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment (Harvard University Press 2014).