Papers

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

Review of 'What is Political Philosophy?' Journal of Moral Philosophy (forth)
Book review of ‘What is Political Philosophy?’ by Charles Larmore, Princeton 2020. (Link)

Legal Proof and Statistical Conjunctions Philosophical Studies (2020)
Examines the permissibility of deciding a legal case using only different types of statistical evidence. (Open Access Link)

Recent Work on the Proof Paradox Philosophy Compass (2020)
A survey of recent work in philosophy and legal theory attempting to resolve the proof paradox. (Pre-print) (Publisher Link)

Rehabilitating Statistical Evidence Philos Phenom Res (2019)
Argues that purely statistical evidence can be a respectable basis for legal verdicts, argues against a popular analogy drawn between individual beliefs and court decisions, and corrects some misconceptions about evidence law found in recent literature.
(PDF) (Publisher Link)

How Intellectual Communities Progress Episteme (2019)
Develops a theory of collective inquiry and uses it to provide a cautiously optimistic perspective on progress in philosophy. (PDF) (Publisher Link)

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.
(PDF) (Publisher 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.
(PDF)
 (Publisher Link)

Epistemic Democracy and Minority Rule In Progress
Explains a novel and surprising consequence of epistemic democracy.

Secession and Internal Disagreement In Progress
Asks what constraints there are on the motivations for legitimate secession and whether we should care that pro-secession groups routinely disagree among themselves.

On the Wrong of Demographic Profiling Under Review
Provides a new account of what is intellectually wrong with demographic profiling.

Justice and Evidential Gaps Under Review
Argues, contrary to orthodoxy, that there are good policy-based reasons to favour the pursuer in a range of legal cases where we lack direct causal evidence. Doing so allows us to deliver justice to victims of asbestos-poisoning, and to hold negligent pharmaceutical companies to account. (Draft)

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.