Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa

Department of Philosophy at Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue
Box 180
Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0736
Current Position
Postdoctoral Mellon Fellow at Vassar College
Areas of Interest
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 doctoral dissertation focused 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.
Educational History
Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhD in philosophy 2016
Dissertation on the epistemology of imagination
Brown University BA in philosophy 2010
Honors thesis on concepts. Paper on the exangelos published in the Brown Classics Journal
Written Work
  • 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.


More About Me

I am the Webmaster for the American Association of Mexican Philosophers. 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.