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 and Epistemic Norms. Revisions submitted.

Maps out and attempts to resolve different normative questions about curiosity, and considers what the function of curiosity is.

  • 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.

  • Rehabilitating Statistical Evidence.  First draft complete.

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.