Research and Interests

My primary research centers on issues in contemporary epistemology. But I work in other areas too. More specifically, I have interests in philosophy of science, ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion.

My research spans across traditional, formal, and social epistemological issues. A lot of that work can be understood relative to something I refer to as your "epistemic hygiene:" your epistemic health in the way that you inquire given a variety of epistemic goods (that's the topic of my dissertation). 

Here are some topics in which I have interest:
  • The Fallibilism/Infallibilism debate (relatedly: whether knowledge is evidence) 
  • The aim of inquiry
  • The epistemic norm of assertion
  • Pragmatic encroachment
  • The epistemic significance of unpossessed evidence
  • The epistemic significance of purely statistical evidence
  • The relationship between practical and epistemic reasons
Click here for some of my papers on these topics. 
You might also find me working on the epistemology of groups. Specifically, I have an interest in the suggestion that groups can have beliefs and, if so, whether we can evaluate them epistemically in the way that we evaluate individual beliefs (on which see my On Group Background Beliefs)

The issues I'm interested in within the union of philosophy of science, ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy religion include:
  • Probability and its role in developing a theory of confirmation
  • Collective responsibility and, more generally, moral issues centering around collective action problems
  • The ethics of commodification
  • Political authority and the value of democracy
  • Political polarization
  • The epistemic significance of religious diversity
  • Natural theology
  • Divine revelation

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