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?

An interview about my work appeared in 3AM Magazine, and a recent talk is here.

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


Selected Papers

"Understanding as an Intellectual Virtue." In The Routledge Companion to Virtue Epistemology. Ed. Heather Battaly. New York: Routledge. Forthcoming.

Why Study History? On Its Epistemic Benefits and Its Relation to the Sciences.” Philosophy 92: 399-420. (2017)

Wisdom in Theology.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology. Eds. William Abraham and Frederick Aquino. New York: Oxford University Press. (2017)

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)