Rami el Ali

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Rami el Ali is an assistant professor of philosophy at LAU.

Before joining LAU in fall 2014, Dr. Ali completed his PhD at the University of Miami in Florida, USA. His dissertation, which focused on hallucinations, received the David John Ruggiero Award for best dissertation in the humanities.

Dr. Ali spends his free time as a political activist. He aims to promote the use of philosophical thought in everyday contexts and focuses on issues revolving around the environment, poverty, and women’s rights. He is also a big fan of the visual arts and in particular painting, film, and video games. 

Research Interests

Dr. Ali’s research primarily focuses on the philosophy of mind with an emphasis on perception. He is currently completing a monograph on sensory misperception. More recently, he has taken an interest in pictures and how we perceive them.

Dr. Ali also works on the phenomenological movement and the philosophy of technology. In the former he focuses on existentialist and post-existentialist phenomenology with a particular interest in Emmanuel Levinas. In the latter he has a special interest in virtual reality and the ethics of virtual acts. As an avid proponent of virtual reality technology, he owns four headsets, and has a working knowledge of designing virtual spaces. He is also currently part of a team that is preparing virtual reality classrooms at LAU.

For a further introduction to Dr. Ali see his TedXLAU talk on philosophy and the future or head over to his personal website linked on this page. 

Selected Publications 


  • Ali, Rami (2018). Does Hallucinating Involve Perceiving? Philosophical Studies, 1-27 
  • Ali, Rami. (2015). A New Solution to the Gamer’s Dilemma, Ethics and Information Technology 17 (4), 267-274

​Book Chapters

  • Ali, Rami (2018). Malik’s The Systems of Whitehead’s Metaphysics (Chapter 7). On the Philosophical Thought of Charles Malik Vol. I: Whitehead, Reason, and Spirit. NDU Press.

Book Reviews

  • Ali, Rami. (2016) Book Review: Levinas’ Totality and Infinity: A Reader’s Guide by William Large, Phenomenological Reviews (http:/reviews.ophen.org)
  • Ali, Rami. (2015). Book Review: Hallucinations: Philosophy and Psychology ed. MacPherson and Platchias, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 1-6

Academic Degrees 

  • PhD in Philosophy, University of Miami, USA
  • MA in Philosophy, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • BBA in Business Administration, American University of Beirut, Lebanon