Ariela Lazar

Ariela Lazar is a Lecturer with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, Philosophy, 1994. Areas of Specialization include Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Psychoanalysis. She is the founder of Lazar Art Advisory LLC.


office: Rosenwald 216
office hours: Autumn Quarter, Friday 1:00-3:00pm and by appointment

Selected Articles

  • "Deceiving Oneself or Self-Deceived? On the Formation of Beliefs ‘Under the Influence’." Mind, Volume 108, pp. 265-290 (April 1999).
  • "Division and Deception: Davidson on Self-Deception", in Self-Deception and Paradoxes of Rationality, ed. J. P. Dupuy, CSLI Publications, Stanford University, 1998, pp. 19-36.
  • "Self-Deception and the Desire to Believe", Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20:1, 1997, pp. 119-120.
  • "Akrasia and the Principle of Continence or What the Tortoise Would Say to Achilles."  The Philosophy of Donald Davidson, Library of Living Philosophers Volume XXVII, Lewis Hahn, editor, Open Court, 1999, pp. 381-401.    

Book Reviews

  • Review of Elijah Millgram’s Practical Induction (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1997), Erkenntnis 52, 2000, pp. 409-411.
  • Review of Annette Barnes’s Seeing Through Self-Deception (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming, Ethics.

Recent and Upcoming Courses

PHIL 21219. Introduction to Philosophy of Art: What is Art? PQ: Background in Philosophy, Art History or the Arts. If unsure, please approach instructor. This course explores the question ‘What is art?’ when applied to visual works of art. Another way of forming the question is: ‘What differentiates a work of art from something which is not a work of art?’. The course follows several attempts to answer this question including the representational, expressive, formal, emotive, conventional and historic theories. In the second part of the course, we will address the question: ‘How do we best understand a work of art?’. We will see how these questions are related. Each topic in this course will focus on a single work of art so that the philosophical reading will be understood and evaluated in light of a guided analysis of the work in question. Autumn 2015.