Hilary Greaves

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Hilary Greaves (born 29 September 1978) is a British philosopher. She is currently a professor at the University of Oxford and the director of the Global Priorities Institute.

Greaves earned a BA in philosophy and physics from Oxford and a PhD in philosophy from Rutgers. Her doctoral thesis, completed under the supervision of Frank Arntzenius, was “Spacetime symmetries and the CPT theorem” (Greaves 2012). Prior to her current professorship, she held appointments at Merton and Somerville Colleges.

Greaves’ current work is on issues related to global priorities research. Her research interests include moral philosophy (including foundational issues in consequentialism, interpersonal aggregation, population ethics, and moral uncertainty), formal epistemology, and the philosophy of physics.


Greaves, Hilary (2008) Spacetime Symmetries and the CPT Theorem, PhD thesis, Rutgers University.

Greaves, Hilary (2020) Evidence, cluelessness, and the long term, Effective Altruism Forum, November 1.

Greaves, Hilary & John Cusbert (2021) Comparing existence and non-existence, in Joe Roussos & Paul Bowman (eds.) Studies on Climate Ethics and Future Generations Vol. 3, Stockholm: Institute for Futures Studies, pp. 163–196.

Wiblin, Robert & Keiran Harris (2018) Philosophy Prof Hilary Greaves on moral cluelessness, population ethics, probability within a multiverse, & harnessing the brainpower of academia to tackle the most important research questions, 80,000 Hours, October 23.

Hilary Greaves: The col­lec­tivist cri­tique of the EA movement

Aaron Gertler19 Jan 2021 13:18 UTC
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Hilary Greaves: Ev­i­dence, clue­less­ness and the long term

EA Global25 Oct 2020 5:48 UTC
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Hilary Greaves: Do­ing good to­gether — col­lec­tivism vs. coordination

EA Global3 Nov 2017 7:43 UTC
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Ev­i­dence, clue­less­ness, and the long term—Hilary Greaves

velutvulpes1 Nov 2020 17:25 UTC
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Plain(er) English Rewrite of ‘Dis­count­ing for Public Policy: A Sur­vey’ by Hilary Greaves

Ilsze26 Apr 2020 3:34 UTC
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Hilary Greaves, Peter Singer, David Pearce, & Justin Oak­ley: Philos­o­phy and effec­tive altruism

EA Global28 Aug 2015 17:21 UTC
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