Research

Most of my research to date has centered around the following questions:

What does it take to understand the world, and the people within it?

What do we really care about from a purely intellectual (or epistemic) point of view?

How should we think about epistemic normativity?

Finally, an easy one: what is wisdom, and what sorts of disciplines or practices or habits of mind might bring one closer to it?

A recent interview about my work appeared in 3AM Magazine.

For a general overview of my research, please see my Google Scholar page. 


Selected Papers

Why Study History? On Its Epistemic Benefits and Its Relation to the Sciences.” Philosophy. Forthcoming.

Wisdom in Theology.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology. Eds. William Abraham and Frederick Aquino. New York: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

How Understanding People Differs From Understanding the Natural World.” Philosophical Issues (Noûs supplement) 26: 209-225. (2016)

"Understanding and Transparency." In Explaining Understanding: New Essays in Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science. New York: Routledge. (2016)

The Value of Reflection.” In Performance Epistemology. Ed. Miguel Angel Fernandez. New York: Oxford University Press. (2016)

Knowledge, Practical Interests, and Rising Tides.” In Epistemic Evaluation: Purposeful Epistemology. Eds. John Greco and David Henderson. New York: Oxford University Press. (2015)

Wisdom.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93: 139-154. (2015)

The Logic of Mysticism.” European Journal for the Philosophy of Religion. (2015)

Understanding as Knowledge of Causes.” In Virtue Epistemology Naturalized: Bridges Between Virtue Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (Synthese Library). Ed. Abrol Fairweather. New York: Springer. (2014)

Getting it Right.” (with Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij) Philosophical Studies 166: 329-347 (2013).

The Value of Understanding.” Philosophy Compass 7:2. (2012)

On Intellectualism in Epistemology.” Mind 120:3. (2011)

"Understanding." In The Routledge Companion to Epistemology. Eds. Sven Bernecker and Duncan Pritchard. New York: Routledge. (2011)

"Epistemic Normativity." In Epistemic Value. Eds. Adrian Haddock, Alan Millar, and Duncan Pritchard. New York: Oxford University Press. (2009) 

[Reprinted in Virtue Epistemology: MIT Readers in Contemporary Philosophy. Eds. John Greco and John Turri. Cambridge: MIT Press. (2012)]

"Epistemic Goals and Epistemic Values." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77:3. (2008)

"Explanatory Enquiry and the Need for Explanation." British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 59:3. (2008)

"Review Essay: Kvanvig’s The Value of Knowledge and the Pursuit of Understanding." (with Michael DePaul) Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74:2. (2007)

"Is Understanding a Species of Knowledge?" British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 57:3. (2006)

"Kant’s Argument for Radical Evil." The European Journal of Philosophy 10:2. (2002)

Review of The Nature and Value of Knowledge: Three Investigations, by Duncan Pritchard, Alan Millar, and Adrian Haddock (Oxford University Press). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. (2011)