In my dissertation, Why We Disagree and Why It Matters, I explored how acquiring information about the facts and causes of disagreement affects the rationality of our disputed beliefs about topics like politics, science, and philosophy. This research contributes to contemporary discussions about the epistemology of disagreement. At the same time, it explores new issues that advance our thinking about real-world disagreement. My conclusion, in brief: we can strengthen our intellectual position by accommodating information about disagreement, and sometimes this will mean reducing confidence in our deeply held convictions.
Aside from my disagreement-related topics, I am writing on a range of issues in epistemology: anti-luck epistemology, the value of true belief, and the epistemic relevance of social and scientific institutions (with Chris Freiman).
Here are some details about collaborative projects on the go. With Terry Horgan and Brian Fiala, I’m writing on the centipede game. Together with Chris Freiman, I’ve written on disagreement and political liberalism. Ian Evans and I have been writing on skepticism and hope to write something together on disagreement. Justin Tosi and I have started a paper on reflective equilibrium and psychology. Soon, I hope to write again with Peter King on mediaeval theories of testimony.
If you’d like to see anything I’m working on, please contact me.