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)

Curiosity, Inquiry, and Epistemic Norms. Revisions submitted
Provides a theory of the nature and purpose of curiosity, and situates its importance for normative questions in epistemology.

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.

Trouble in Paradise? Draft Complete
Uses recent secession movements to raise novel questions for proponents of the influential ‘primary-rights’ theory of secession.

Blame and Belief. In Progress
Raises doubts for the common view that blame (whether legal or moral) requires an outright belief that the subject of blame has transgressed.

On the Wrong of Demographic Profiling. In Progress
Scrutinises different accounts that seek to explain what is wrong with relying on statistical evidence about demographic groups and provides an alternative.