Papers

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Profiling, Neutrality and Social Equality --- Australasian Journal of Philosophy
Provides a new account of what is intellectually wrong with demographic profiling. Open Access Publisher Link

Justice and Epistemic Gaps --- Philosophical Issues
Defends the heretical view that, sometimes, we ought to assign legal liability based on statistical evidence alone. Recent literature focuses on potential unfairness to the defending party if we rely on bare statistics. Here, I show that capitulating in response to ‘epistemic gaps’—cases where there is a group of potential harmers but an absence of individuating evidence—can amount to a serious injustice against the party who has been harmed. (PDF)

The Truth about Better Understanding --- Erkenntnis
Argues that strictly factive theories of understanding are consistent with the apparent role of false beliefs in improving our scientific understanding of the world. (Link)

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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Criminal Proof: Fixed or Flexible? Draft available
Analyses whether we ought to use different standards of proof for different crimes. I provide a new defence of a singularly high criminal standard, with ramifications for the justification of the death penalty, the relationship between proof and punishment, and the contractualist foundations of criminal justice. DRAFT

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

Secession and Intramural 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.

Is Ignorance Moral Bliss? In Progress
Investigates whether we can minimise our moral burden by strategically cultivating ignorance.