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 and film 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.