What's the Point of Knowledge?
I am currently writing a book about the nature, purpose, and value of knowledge. It is called What's the Point of Knowledge? Here is a synopsis of the book.
What's the Point of Understanding?
Currently, I am writing a paper titled "What's the Point of Understanding?" I argue that knowledge is more central to our epistemic life than understanding.
Relatedly, for three years I managed the $4.5 million Varieties of Understanding grant at Fordham, which was directed by Stephen Grimm. I also organized a Summer Seminar on Understanding.
The Role of Truth in Politics
I am at the early stages of writing a book about the role of truth in politics, intended or wide readership and impact beyond academia. Much has been written about the post-truth world of fake news, dodgy experts, and “alternative facts.” But in the current crisis over truth, journalists and academic commentators have ignored recent epistemological insights about the nature of disagreement, the role of trust, and the dark side of doubt. This book explores the role of truth in political discourse, the question of which informational sources we should trust, and moral questions about who is accountable for combating fake news.