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Associate Professor of Philosophy and Fellow of the University of Tennessee Humanities Center (UTHC), University of Tennessee

I specialise in epistemology. My research clusters into five areas. The first is the nature and value of understanding and explanation. The second concerns questions about epistemic virtue, value, and luck. The third area is the ethics of belief and especially the effect of moral considerations on epistemic norms. Fourthly, I examine meta-philosophy and the epistemology of philosophy. Finally, I research social and applied epistemology, especially collective epistemology and legal epistemology.

Recently I have been investigating the epistemology of legal standards of proof and sexual assault accusations.

These key words provide an overview of my research themes:

Understanding, explanation, wisdom, evidence, justification, belief, coherence, knowledge, testimony, disagreement, doubt, collective belief, pragmatic encroachment, moral encroachment, epistemic contextualism, stakes, risks, the ethics of belief, the epistemology of statistics, relevant alternatives theory, lottery paradoxes, proof paradoxes, safety, sensitivity, normic support, modal epistemology, epistemic virtue, epistemic luck, epistemic value, the swamping problem, the Meno problem, philosophical judgement, counterexamples, methodology, intuitions, normality conditions, genealogy, teleological approaches, function-first epistemology, Edward Craig, social epistemology, applied epistemology, legal epistemology, feminist epistemology, legal standards of proof, preponderance of evidence, beyond reasonable doubt, statistical evidence, crime statistics, profiling, rape accusations, gaslighting, credibility, epistemic injustice.


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    Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Tennessee