Andreas Elpidorou

Professor of Philosophy


Andreas Elpidorou is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Louisville. He specializes in the philosophical study of the mind with an emphasis on emotions and consciousness. In addition to having published numerous journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Elpidorou is the author of Propelled: How Boredom, Frustration, and Anticipation Lead us to the Good Life (Oxford University Press, 2020), the co-author of Consciousness and Physicalism: A Defense of a Research Program (Routledge, 2018), the editor of The Moral Psychology of Boredom (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), and the co-editor of Philosophy of Mind and Phenomenology: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches (Routledge, 2016). 

His work on the nature and value of boredom has received worldwide media attention. He was interviewed on radio shows for BBC, WNYC, CBC, Radio New Zealand, and NewsTalk (Ireland), and by reporters for Nature, Wired, New York Magazine, US News,  Vogueand other magazines. His account of boredom has also been featured in articles for BBC, Nautilus, Psychology Today, Forbes, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and others. An accessible presentation of his position on boredom can be found in an article that he authored for Aeon Magazine. He presented on the benefits of boredom at a talk for Creative Mornings/Louisville.

His current projects include a book on the character and significance of boredom titled "The Anatomy of Boredom" (OUP, 2024), a volume on the history of boredom, and a number of papers on boredom, frustration, dark personality traits, and physicalism.

For more information, please visit his personal website: