Deputy Director, Institute of Philosophy, University of London

About

Welcome! I am the Deputy Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London. We aim to promote and facilitate high quality research in philosophy, making it available to the widest possible audience. We are based at Senate House in Bloomsbury – a building that inspired Orwell's Ministry of Truth in Nineteen Eighty-Four

The main area of my research is epistemology, especially social epistemology. I just finished a book, forthcoming with Oxford University Press, titled What's the Point of Knowledge? 

My next project is a book about the role of truth in politics, intended for wide readership and impact beyond academia. I also dabble in cognitive science, ethics, and philosophy of language. You can learn more about my research here

I'm also increasingly interested in public engagement. For example, I am running an event titled Post-Truth Politics in the Pub for the Being Human Festival; I was part of How the Light Gets In; and I am putting together a podcast series titled The Role of Truth in Politics. 


I hold a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for my project on 'The Role of Truth in Politics'. I also founded the Political Epistemology Network

I am a Visiting Research Fellow at VU Amsterdam, working on ‘Knowledgeable Democracy: A Social-Epistemological Inquiry’. 

Further, I am a Fellow in Philosophy at the New College of the Humanities, where I teach Ethics and Epistemology. 


RECENT AND UPCOMING TALKS

Veritism and Epistemic Democracy
   Georgetown Workshop on Political Epistemology. Oct 2018
   MANCEPT, Manchester. Sept 2018
   European Epistemology Network. June 2018  

Why Purists Should Be Infallibilists
APA Eastern Division, New York City. Jan 2019
Joint Session of Mind and Aristotelian Society, Oxford. July 2018
The Epistemic Significance of the Non-Epistemic, Osnabrück. June 2018
Epistemology Fest, VU Amsterdam. June 2018
New Trends in Epistemology, Hamburg. Oct 2017
Bloomsbury Epistemology Group, London. Nov 2017

Skepticism and the Point of Knowledge
   APA Eastern Division, New York City. Jan 2019
   University of Vienna. Nov 2017

What's the Point of Understanding? 
Tübingen Understanding Conference (Keynote Address). May 2018
    APA Eastern Division, Savannah. Jan 2018
  Guest Lecture, KU Leuven. Jan 2018

Knowledge in a Post-Truth World
   MANCEPT, Manchester. Sept 2017
   DHEPCAT Conference, Delft University. Dec 2017

Thought-Experimenting on Knowledge
   APA Central Division, Chicago. Feb 2018.

 
 This is a photo of me reaching for reason.  (© J. J. Ichikawa)

This is a photo of me reaching for reason.  (© J. J. Ichikawa)



 I run the   Bloomsbury Epistemology Group  . We're a ragtag group of epistemologically inclined individuals who meet fortnightly in Senate House. 

I run the Bloomsbury Epistemology Group. We're a ragtag group of epistemologically inclined individuals who meet fortnightly in Senate House. 


 I received an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, King's College.

I received an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, King's College.