Papers

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

Develops the first theory of curiosity as an intellectual virtue, considering what this topic tells us about broader issues in virtue epistemology.

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).

Develops a novel framework for testing ‘reductionist’ views of understanding  & critiques the idea that understanding reduces to a body of knowledge.

  • 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.

  • How disciplines progress. Under review.

Develops a theory of collective inquiry and uses it to provide a perspective on progress in science and philosophy.

  • Trouble in Paradise. Under review.

Analyses recent secession movements, showing that disagreement amongst pro-secession voters causes trouble for those who hold the popular ‘primary-rights’ theory of legitimate secession.

  • Rethinking statistical evidence.  Under review.

Takes a detailed look at evidence law and argues, contrary to what has recently been suggested, that purely statistical evidence can be a respectable basis for legal verdicts.

  • Moral Encroachment, action, and forced choices.  In Progress.

I argue that recent accounts of moral encroachment fail to explain why we shouldn’t act on the basis of probabilistic beliefs gained from demographic profiling. In light of this, I argue that we need to look elsewhere to explain what is wrong with relying on such evidence.