Prof. Simon Keller, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

Victoria University Wellington


Simon Keller is Professor of Philosophy at Victoria University Wellington, in New Zealand. He studied Philosophy at Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2002. Previously, he held appointments at Boston University and the University of Melbourne as well as visiting positions at Harvard University and Rice University.

Simon Keller works on a variety of topics in metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of medicine. He published on patriotism, filial loyalty, the epistemic demands of friendship, the possibility of time travel, the nature of mental health, well-being, and Plato’s philosophy of language, among other topics. He is the author of The Limits of Loyalty (Cambridge, 2009), which won the American Association of Philosophy Book Prize, and Partiality (Princeton, 2013), and he is a co-author of The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate (Chichester, 2015). He won the Society of Applied Ethics Essay Prize for his paper Fiduciary Duties and Moral Blackmail (2016).

Simon Keller was a Visiting Fellow at CAS from November 2017 to January 2018 upon invitation from Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler. On 12 December 2017 he gave a lecture on "A Right to Mental Health" at the Munich Center for Ethics. He was a Visiting Fellow again at CAS in October 2019.

In 2020/21 he is member of the CAS Research Group "Relationships in Transition: Normative Challenges" of Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler.