I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. My dissertation was written under the supervision of Robert Audi and Ted Warfield. I completed my BA in philosophy at Kansas State University.
My primary research is in epistemology, much of it falling at the intersection between formal and traditional epistemology. Recently, my research has focused on the relationship between belief and credence. I defend and explore implications of dualism about belief and credence. Dualism is the view that we have both beliefs and credences, and neither attitude is reducible to the other. My interests in epistemology also include (defending) epistemic permissivism, (arguing against) pragmatic and moral encroachment, and other issues in social epistemology (e.g. disagreement, epistemic paternalism).
My secondary research interests are in philosophy of mind, specifically the nature of belief, and philosophy of religion, specifically Pascal’s Wager and the nature of faith. I have further interest in decision theory, ethics and normativity, and metaphysics.
My non-philosophical interests include sports (especially basketball), traveling, avocados, coffee, weight lifting, cooking, and podcasts.
Recent and Upcoming Talks
Comments on Dan Baras, “A Strike Against a Striking Principle” (Eastern APA, Philadelphia, Jan. 2020)
“Should You Believe in God?” (Hope College, Holland, MI, Feb. 2020)
“Belief, Credence, and Graspability: Why Credences Are Not Beliefs” (Central APA, Chicago, Feb. 2020)
“Faith, Hope, and Justification” (Junior Workshop in Philosophy of Religion, Chicago, March 2020)
“Permissivism, Encroachment, and Practical Reasons for Belief” (Encroachment at Home, June 2020, via Zoom)
“An Epistemic Version of Pascal’s Wager” (The Analytic Collective workshop in Philosophy of Religion, July 2020, via Zoom)
“Dilemmas, Disagreement, and Dualism” (Social (Distance) Epistemology, August 2020, via Zoom)—video available here (starts at 18:22)
“Interpersonal Faith and Self-Fulfilling Beliefs” (Pepperdine Philosophy Department Colloquium, September 2020, via Zoom)
TBD (Concordia Philosophy Department Colloquium, November 2020, via Zoom)
TBD (Eastern APA, Symposium on Belief and Credence, New York, New York, January 2021)
“Belief, Credence, and Philosophy” (New Mexico State University, March 2021)
TBD (Pacific APA, Society of Christian Philosophers, Portland, April 2021)
“Credal Functionalism” with Justin D’Ambrosio (University of Leeds, Spring 2021)
TBD (Philosophy of Religion workshop at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile, September 2021)
“Interpersonal Faith and Self-Fulfilling Beliefs” (Inaugural Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion Conference, September 2021)
TBD (Midwest Epistemology Workshop at the University of Iowa, October 2021)
“Epistemic Risk” (Workshop on Risk at Zhejiang University, Date TBD, Postponed due to COVID-19)
TBD (Wuhan University, Date TBD, Postponed due to COVID-19)
Ryerson University, Department of Philosophy
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