Deputy Director, Institute of Philosophy, University of London

Research

Published Work

What's the Point of Knowledge? 
Oxford University Press

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“This book presents a radical and promising reconception of the nature and value of knowledge.”
Catherine Elgin, Harvard University

“This is an excellent work… Hannon is a clear and powerful thinker. I recommend this book highly.”
David Henderson, University of Nebraska

“This monograph will be of tremendous interest to anyone working in contemporary epistemology.”
Duncan Pritchard, University of Edinburgh

Dec 2018 (US) | $51.80
Feb 2019 (UK) | £33.59
with 30% discount code: AAFLYG6


Forthcoming

Why Purists Should Be Infallibilists
Philosophical Studies


Published Articles

A Solution to Knowledge's Threshold Problem
Philosophical Studies

Intuitions, Reflective Judgments, and Experimental Philosophy
Synthese

Skepticism about Meta-skepticism: Meditations on Experimental Philosophy
Episteme

Skepticism and Contextualism
Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Contextualism

The Universal Core of Knowledge
Synthese

Stabilizing Knowledge
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly

Fallibilism and the Value of Knowledge
Synthese

Is Knowledge True Belief Plus Adequate Information?
Erkenntnis

The Importance of Knowledge Ascriptions
Philosophy Compass 

The Practical Origins of Epistemic Contextualism
Erkenntnis

‘Knows’ Entails Truth
Journal of Philosophical Research

 

Current Research

I work in epistemology, especially the social and political aspects of epistemology. Most of my research explores the relationship between knowledge and practical life.

I also dabble in cognitive science, ethics, and philosophy of language.

The Role of Truth in Politics

I am at the early stages of writing a book about the role of truth in politics. Much has been written about the post-truth world of fake news, dodgy experts, and “alternative facts.” But journalists and academic commentators have largely ignored recent philosophical insights about the nature of deep disagreements, the dangers of thinking for oneself, and the ways in which knowledge can actually be harmful to democracy.

Unlike many scholars, I do not rush to truth’s defense. This book’s central thesis is that, in many situations, we should relegate the role of truth in political life. Instead we should focus on deferring to appropriate authorities, the role of emotion in politics, and fostering mutual understanding.
 
 

Work in Preparation

1. A paper on truth, understanding, and epistemic democracy

2. A paper on epistemic spillovers and epistemic injustice

3. A paper on why humble people are epistemically egocentric

4. A paper for the 2019 Epistemology volume of Philosophical Issues

5. A paper for a special issue of Synthese on ‘The Epistemic Significance of Non-Epistemic Factors’

6. An edited volume on Political Epistemology

7. The Oxford Bibliographies entry for Political Epistemology

Reviews and Bibliographic Entries

Understanding
Oxford Bibliographies (w/ Stephen Grimm)

Review of Epistemic Evaluations: A Purposeful Epistemology   
Analysis