Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa

Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 32-D928
Cambridge, MA 02139

Here is my CV.

I'm a philosophy graduate student at MIT. 


Before that, I was an undergraduate at Brown University, where I concentrated in philosophy and classics. I wrote my honors thesis on concepts, and had a paper on the exangelos in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex published in the Brown Classics Journal.

I am interested in the philosophy of mind and its intersections, including metaphysics, epistemology, and moral psychology. I also like to think about ancient philosophy. My dissertation is on the epistemology of the imagination, from what we know about imagination all the way through what we can learn about by using our imaginations. I am now moving to connect my work on the epistemology of imagination to issues in social epistemology and moral psychology.


I love teaching and have various course ideas and course plans available. Please reach out to me if you would like any sample syllabi or any student evaluations of my teaching.

In my spare time, I like to draw comics and try to teach myself new skills, like guitar playing, tap dancing, baking, or speaking new languages. I also have a cat, who tries to convince me not to work so much. I am also the Webmaster for the American Association of Mexican Philosophers.



Dissertation, What Imagination Teaches [download my Research Statement]

"The Unique Utility of Imagination," wherein I try to show imagination can get us knowledge of the real world.

"The Unity and Place of Imagination," wherein I try to show imaginings form a coherent class of mental things, distinct from other mental things.

"Imaginatively Transformative Experiences," wherein I try to show that we can imagine ourselves with very different beliefs and very different preferences.


In Progress

"Imagining: A Guide for the Inexperienced," wherein I try to find out what the conditions are for inability to imagine certain experiences.

"Misimagining Others," wherein I try to figure out what we should presume our limits are in predicting other people's feelings and preferences in making decisions on their behalf.

"Mental Combination," wherein I compare different mental reasoning operations to show that human minds must use multiple representational vehicles.

"Mexculinities," a theory of contemporary Mexican masculinity informed by both a historical perspective and recent work on gender theory.