Harry A. Wolfson Professor of Philosophy


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Field of Specialty

Philosophy of language (focus on Frege, Russell, and Kripke). Philosophy of mathematics (focus on Frege and Gödel). Philosophy of space and time (focus on Gödel and Einstein). Metaphysics of death. Simone Weil. Plato. Aristotle.

Contact Information

Rabb Graduate Center 332

Palle Yourgrau

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Research and publications range from the metaphysics of birth and death to epistemology, philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of language (with special reference to Gottlob Frege), the philosophy of space and time (with special reference to Kurt Gödel and Albert Einstein), and Plato and Aristotle. Simone Weil is also a major focus of my research.


Yourgrau, Palle. "Do You Disappear When You Die?." Institute for Art and Ideas (https://iai.tv/articles/do-you-disappear-when-you-die-auid-1247) (2020).

Yourgrau, Palle. "“Proof vs. Provability: On Brouwer’s Time Problem”." History and Philosophy of Logic (2020).

Yourgrau, Palle. Gödel Meets Einstein: Time Travel in the Gödel Universe. Trans. Baris Akalin & Bilge Sipal (Turkey). Open Court (US); Guncel Yayincilik (Turkey), 2020.

Yourgrau, Palle. "“Cinematography and Crime”." 3 Quarks Daily, “Monday Magazine” (https://3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2019/09/cinematography-and-crime.html) (2019).

Yourgrau, Palle. Death and Nonexistence. Hardback ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Yourgrau, Palle. Simone Weil. Trans. Umid Gurbanov (Turkey). Reaktion Books, 2019.

Yourgrau, Palle. ""Against History: A Lesson from Simone Weil"." https://iainews.iai.tv/articles/against-history-emmanuel-macrons-lessons-from-simone-weil-auid-844? access=ALL (2017):

Yourgrau, Palle. ""When Time Turned Into Space"." https://www.spaziofilosofico.it/en/category/numero-11/ Spaziofilosofico, Edition, Numero 11. Special Topic: "Space" (2014): Ppg. 205 - 21

Yourgrau, Palle. Simone Weil. Trans. Yu Zehan. Lijiang Publishing House, China (Original Publisher, Reaktion Books, UK), 2014.

Yourgrau, Palle. ""Kripke's Moses"." The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death. Hardback ed. Ed. James S. Taylor. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013

Yourgrau, Palle. "Introduction to Chris Kraus, _Aliens and Anorexia_, New critical edition, Semio-Texte and MIT Press, Spring, 2013." Bookforum, online Nov. 20. (2013): <http://www.bookforum.com/pubdates/12554>.

Yourgrau, Palle. "_Introduction_ to Chris Kraus." Aliens and Anorexia. New critical ed. Semio-Texte and MIT Press, 2013. 4 ppg..

Yourgrau, Palle. ""Kripke's Frege"." _Thought: A Journal of Philosophy_ Vol. 1. Issue 2 (2012): Ppg. 100 - 107.

Yourgrau, Palle. Simone Weil. Paper ed. London: Reaktion Books: "Critical Lives", 2011.

Yourgrau, Palle, N. Koertge. "Update on entry, "Kurt Gödel" (original entry by Gregory Moore)." New Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 2007.

Yourgrau, Palle (translated into Spanish by the journal). "Introduction to Kurt Gödel, "A Remark about the Relationship between Relativity Theory Theory and Idealistic Philosophy"." Teorema: An International Journal of Philosophy Vol. XXV/3. (2006): Ppg. 95 - 102.

Yourgrau,Palle, _The Encyclopedia of Philosophy_ (Paul Edwards, ed.). "Gödel, Kurt". Second Edition (revised original article) ed. MacMillan, 2005.

Yourgrau,Palle. A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Gödel and Einstein. Nine translations: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, mainland China. ed. Basic Books, 2005.

Yourgrau,Palle. Gödel Meets Einstein: Time Travel in the Gödel Universe. Chicago: Open Court, 1999.

Courses Taught

PHIL 131b The Metaphysics of Death
PHIL 132a Infinity
PHIL 138b Philosophy of Mathematics
PHIL 145b Topics in the Philosophy of Language
PHIL 146a Idea of God
PHIL 161a Plato
PHIL 162b Aristotle
PHIL 237a Proper Names: Semantics, Epistemology, Metaphysics