tl-photo-1I am Tracy Llanera and I am a Filipino philosopher.

I am an Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut. My research interests lie at the intersection of social and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, social epistemology and pragmatism. I am currently working on two interrelated projects: a project on conversion and a project on nihilism.

I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment at Keele University, United Kingdom (Spring 2018). I was also a Research Fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (Humility & Conviction in Public Life), United States last Fall 2017. I have taught graduate and undegraduate courses at the University of Connecticut (United States), Macquarie University (Australia), and the University of Santo Tomas (Philippines).

My Ph.D. in Philosophy was awarded by Macquarie University in 2016.

Charlie Barley, my beloved


My paper “The Brown Babe’s Burden” has been accepted for publication and will appear in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.

My paper “‘The Law of the Land has God’s Anointing — Rorty on Language, Religion, and Politics” will appear in Pragmatism Today‘s special issue on Rorty and American Politics.

Book contract with Routledge signed! I’ll be co-writing A Philosophical Defence of Nihilism with James Tartaglia. But before that, we’ll be penning our respective monographs: mine is entitled Outgrowing Modern Nihilism (Palgrave Macmillan), and James’s new book is Gods and Titans: Philosophy in a Technological World (Bloomsbury).

I’ll be part of the interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on the topic “Rising Messiah and Fallen Heroes – Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia” at the Association for Asian Studies Conference, Denver, Colorado, U.S. in March 2019.

I’ll be giving a talk entitled “Rorty, Transcendence and Metaphilosophy” as part of the Richard Rorty Society Panel at the 2019 American Philosophical Association Meeting at Vancouver, B.C., in April 2019. First time to set foot in Canada, I am so excited!

I’ve been invited to be part of a workshop entitled “Truth versus the Rhetoric of Truth: Authority, Realism, and Power” at the University of Oslo in June 2019. First time in Norway, too! Next year sounds fun, eh?

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