Papers

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Justice and Epistemic Gaps --- For Philosophical Issues (Invited)
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)

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

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

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

How Intellectual Communities Progress --- Episteme
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
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
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
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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Some titles are changed to facilitate anonymous review, but I often forget. If you are here because you are refereeing my paper and searched for the title — shame on you!

Shifting Standards of Proof: A Defence In Progress
Defends the revisionary idea that the legal system should use different standards of proof depending on the gravity of the case.

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.

Profiling, Relational Equality and Neutrality Under Review
Provides a new account of what is intellectually wrong with demographic profiling.

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.

Is Ignorance Moral Bliss? Under Review
Investigates whether we can minimise our moral burden by strategically cultivating ignorance about matters of fact relevant for ethical behaviour.