Barry Lam Associate Professor of Philosophy
Barry Lam received his BA in Philosophy and English at the University of California, Irvine (2001), and his PhD in Philosophy at Princeton University (January 2007). He produces a story-driven podcast about philosophy called Hi-Phi Nation.
- BA, University of California, Irvine; MA, PhD, Princeton University
- At Vassar since 2006
Research and Academic Interests
Departments and Programs
- PHIL 105. Philosophical Questions
In the Media
The Wishes of the Dead
Hudson Valley podcasts deliver entertainment and education
Barry Lam and his podcast Hi-Phi Nation were mentioned in a Poughkeepsie Journal story about Hudson Valley podcasts. November 28, 2017
The 4 Best New Podcasts to Listen (and Get Addicted) to This Fall
Hi-Phi Nation, a podcast created by Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy, was listed as one of the four best new podcasts by PureWow.
Is it moral to respect the wishes of the dead, above the living?
Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy, penned an Aeon column about the morality of respecting the wishes of the dead, above the living.
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I went to UC Irvine as an undergraduate, and received my PhD in Philosophy at Princeton University. I did my early career research in epistemology and in the philosophy of language. In recent years, I have become attracted to philosophy that is connected to moral, political, or public policy issues. Instead of publishing in peer-reviewed journals, my primary aim is to disseminate my thinking about these issues in narrative audio form. I executive produce and host Hi-Phi Nation, a show about philosophy that turns stories into ideas. I have also started work in philanthropy as Associate Director of the Marc Sanders Foundation.