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Lecturer in the Philosophy of Science, University of New England

I am Lecturer in the Philosophy of Science at the University of New England, NSW Australia. My research interests are mainly in the philosophy of biology (especially functions and teleology, the units of selection, species, natural kinds, macroevolution and paleobiology) and general philosophy of science (especially the scientific realism debate), but I also work on issues in metaphilosophy and epistemology. I have published several papers on empiricism and the concept of a philosophical stance. Current research projects include work on pragmatism in the scientific realism debate; arguments for realism about the units of selection; the role of values in science; and naturalised metaphysics. I received my Ph.D from the University of Melbourne in 2012 (supervisor Greg Restall), thesis title 'Empiricism, Metaphysical Stances the Philosophy of Biology'. After receiving my Ph.D my first position was as a researcher on the IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity) Critical Thinking and Argument Mapping Project at the University of Melbourne. Before coming to UNE I taught at the University of Connecticut, University of Melbourne, and La Trobe University.


  • –present
    Lecturer in the Philosophy of Science, University of New England


  • 2012 
    University of Melbourne, Ph.D.