Papers

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

Secession and Internal Disagreement Under Review
Discusses intra-group disagreement in secession movements, raises new questions for the influential ‘primary-rights’ theory of secession, and reflects on how we might better conduct secession campaigns.

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)

Statistical Conjunctions and Criminal Conviction Under Review
Shows how different sources of statistical evidence, such as DNA profiles and fingerprint similarities, can properly be used to secure a criminal conviction.

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.

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)

Rehabilitating Statistical Evidence Philosophy & Phenomenological Research (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.
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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.
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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.
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On the Wrong of Demographic Profiling In Progress
Provides a new account of why we should not engage in demographic profiling, linked to the question of whether there are limits on what knowledge we should pursue.

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