Papers

Feel free to email me for drafts I haven’t uploaded: comments are welcome on anything!

Rehabilitating Statistical Evidence. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (forthcoming)
Argues that purely statistical evidence can be a respectable basis for legal verdicts and corrects some misconceptions about evidence law found in recent literature. (Pre-print PDF)

How Intellectual Communities Progress. Episteme (forthcoming)
Develops a theory of collective inquiry and uses it to provide a cautiously optimistic perspective on progress in philosophy.

Philosophical Expertise under the Microscope. Synthese (2018)
Provides a new perspective on expertise in philosophy, and argues that recent experimental data might provide good news for traditional methods. (Co-authored with Miguel Egler). (Open Access link)

The Virtue of Curiosity. Episteme (2018)
Develops the first theory of curiosity as an intellectual virtue, considering what this topic tells us about broader issues in virtue epistemology.
(Pre-print PDF) (CUP Link)

Is Understanding Reducible? Inquiry (2018)
Develops a novel framework for testing ‘reductionist’ views of understanding and rejects the idea that understanding reduces to a body of knowledge.
(Pre-print PDF)
 (Publisher Link)

The Truth about Better Understanding. Under Review
Argues that a factive conception of understanding can accommodate the thought that we can gain a better understanding of the world by being taught theories that are, strictly speaking, false.

Secession and Merely Superficial Consensus. Under Review
Uses work on the discursive dilemma and empirical facts about recent secession movements to raise novel questions for proponents of the influential ‘primary-rights’ theory of secession.

Recent Work on the Proof Paradox Under Review
A survey of recent work in analytic philosophy attempting to resolve the proof paradox.

Torts, Presumptions, and Statistics In Progress
Argues, contrary to orthodoxy, that there are good policy-based reasons to favour the pursuer in a range of legal cases involving purely statistical evidence.

On the Wrong of Demographic Profiling. In Progress
Provides a new account of why we should not engage in demographic profiling, linking to the question of whether there are limits on what knowledge we should pursue.