Cei Maslen

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Senior Lecturer School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2019


  • BA(Hons) Otago
  • PhD Princeton


Cei joined the Philosophy Programme at Victoria in 2005. She has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and PGDip in Physics from Otago and a PhD in Philosophy from Princeton, and she taught at the University of Utah and Florida State University before returning to New Zealand.

Research areas

Metaphysics and epistemology. In particular, causation, mental causation, contextualism and counterfactuals.

Selected publications

  • “The Case for Widespread Simultaneous Causation”, The Philosophical Quarterly, July 2017
  • “Proportionality and the Metaphysics of Causation”, in Beebee, Hitchcock, Price (Eds), Making a Difference: Essays on the Philosophy of Causation, Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Pragmatic Decisions about God from Different Points of View: The Costs of Apostasy, International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, 2015.
  • Causation, absences and the Prince of Wales, Synthese, 2015.
  • Keeping Score for Causal Claims: Causal Contextualism applied to a Medical Case, The Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2013.
  • How to Create a Fictional Character (with Stuart Brock and Justin Ngai), in C. Barbero, M. Ferraris, A. Voltolini (Eds), From Fictionalism to Realism – Fictional and Other Social Entities, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
  • Regularity Accounts of Causation and the Problem of Pre-emption: Dark Prospects Indeed, Erkenntnis 77(3), 2012.
  • Flexible Contextualism about Knowledge, Philosophical Analysis (Korea) 22, 2010, 19-37.
  • Mental Causation (with Terry Horgan and Helen Daly), chapter in Oxford Handbook of Causation, Oxford University Press, November 2009, 523-553.
  • Counterfactuals as Short Stories (with Seahwa Kim), Philosophical Studies 129, 2006, pp. 81-117.


Teaching in 2019