zach blaesi

Department of Philosophy

The University of Texas at Austin


Hi, I'm Zach.


I am a fifth-year PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to UT, I was an undergraduate at NYU, where I studied film production and philosophy.

My interests fall broadly into the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. Right now, I am specifically interested in the mind–body problem, metaphysical grounding, and the nature of normative reasons. I've also become increasingly interested in the philosophy of art/film and ethics from teaching on these subjects.

Before making philosophy my main focus, I spent most of my time working on movies. You can view my director's reel here.