My primary research interests lie at the intersection of epistemology, ethics, and cognitive psychology. At the University of Michigan, I wrote a dissertation with Maria Lasonen-Aarnio, Peter Railton, and Brian Weatherson on epistemic normativity and the empirical nature of belief. Here's an abstract. Feel free to email me for the full version.
In "Evidential Exclusivity and the (Non-)Normativity of Belief" I argue that there's no good way to make sense of the ubiquitous assumption that belief has a standard of correctness such that a belief is correct if (or iff) it's true. Normally epistemologists take belief's supposed standard of correctness to explain the phenomena of evidential exclusivity and transparency in belief formation. I suggest an alternative explanation that accounts for available empirical data better. Here's an extended abstract. Feel free to email me for the full version.
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In "Epistemic Tradeoffs and the Value Connection", I argue that recent attempts to show that epistemic normativity can't be teleological have serious consequences for our understanding of the nature of epistemic value and the reason-giving force of epistemic norms. Here's an extended abstract. Feel free to email me for the full version.
Much of contemporary experimental philosophy consists of surveying the philosophical intuitions of ‘folk’ subjects. Experimental philosophers claim that these surveys are surprising and that they can't be predicted from the armchair. In "The Folk Probably Do Think What You Think They Think" (in Australasian Journal of Philosophy with David Manley and Billy Dunaway) we conducted an experiment to test these claims, and found that it isn't true: most philosophers could predict even results that were claimed to be surprising in the literature. We discuss some methodological implications as well as some possible explanations for the common surprisingness claims.
Right now I'm working on a paper about the ethics of gossip. When and to whom is it permissible to tell potentially sensitive information? I articulate a novel social norm that picks out good practice. Email me for a current draft.