Before coming here, I completed an MPhil in Philosophical Theology at the University of Oxford and studied Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy at Harvard College. In the summer of 2014, I was a visiting student at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at LMU. I returned to Oxford as a guest of the New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology Project for Trinity Term 2015, and again as a visiting graduate student in Trinity Term 2016, 2017, and 2018. In Fall 2017, I was a visiting student at USC. In August 2018, I was a visiting student at ANU.
My interests include the philosophy of language, the philosophy of religion, formal epistemology, the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, ethics, decision theory, and philosophical logic.
About My Research
In my dissertation, I argue against a familiar picture of assertion according to which the propositional content asserted by a speaker is both that which she communicates to members of her audience and that to which she undertakes a distinctive sort of commitment. This familiar picture must be replaced, I suggest, by one according to which assertoric content plays only the second of these roles. I then show how holding that assertoric content is more intimately associated with commitment than communication bears on a number of longstanding issues in the philosophy of language.
When I am not working on assertion, I also like to think about expressivism, illocutionary force, semantic multidimensionality, and conventionalist accounts of meaning.
In the philosophy of religion, my work is focused on the epistemic status of theism, and in particular on arguments which seek to establish that theistic belief is justified or unjustified. I have a special interest in the problem of evil, which I take to be a powerful argument for atheism. I am also interested in questions about the rationality of atheistic religious practice.
Recent and Upcoming Presentations
(Where the title of a paper has changed over time, presentations are listed under the most recent title)
Slurs Are Directives. Pacific APA Colloquium, San Diego. [March 2018]
Slurs Are Directives. USC/UCLA Graduate Conference, Los Angeles. [March 2018]
Uniformity Motivated. Central APA Colloquium, Chicago. [February 2018]
Slurs Are Directives. Harvard/MIT Graduate Conference, Cambridge [February 2018]
Slurs Are Directives. ESSLLI 2017 Workshop on Integrating Approaches to Social Meaning, Toulouse. [July 2017]
Uniformity Motivated. ESSLLI 2017 Student Session, Toulouse. [July 2017]
Uniformity Motivated. UT Austin Graduate Philosophy Conference, UT Austin. [April 2017]
Radically Insensitive Theists. University of Oklahoma Graduate Philosophy Conference, University of Oklahoma. [February 2017]