Work in progress
Knowledge in a Post-truth World
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, the dark side of doubt, and the ways in which old cognitive mechanisms interact with new digital technologies. I will explore the instrumental role of truth in contemporary society, the question of which informational sources we should trust, and moral questions about who is accountable for combating fake news. This book is intended for wide readership and impact beyond academia.
I will be speaking about this topic at several conferences, and I plan to organize at least one conference on Political Epistemology in London. If you're interested in this topic and would like to collaborate, please email me!
Thought Experimenting on Knowledge
Thought experiments play crucial roles in philosophy. They are used to establish, challenge, and confirm theories in virtually every area of philosophical investigation. However, many thought experiments are poorly designed to investigate the subject matter for which they were constructed. In this paper, I focus specifically on thought experiments in epistemology. I argue that several influential thought experiments introduce confounding variables that obscure both theoretical and experimental investigations of knowledge, evidence, justification, and related concepts. I then propose a solution to this problem.
Work under review
1. A book titled What's the Point of Knowledge?
2. A paper about the nature, value, and purpose of understanding-why
3. A paper about whether fallibilism is compatible with purism
Drafts available upon request of all work under review.