My research addresses the following issues:
︎How creatures like us go around confronting the world and adjusting our minds to it.
︎How we use linguistic tools to induce those adjustments in others.
︎The normative significance thereof.
I completed my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Josh Dever and Mark Sainsbury. My dissertation is about linguistic interventions in rational decision making. I consider how we are rationally able to adjust our behavior in light of others telling us what to do, and what sorts of normative demands this makes on us as participants in a linguistic practice.
In May of 2022 I took up a 3-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Sheffield. My project is about comparative attitudes and rational learning. This fall (2023) I’m a visiting researcher at the Center for Philosophy of Science in Pittsburgh.
Outside of philosophy, I have been involved in various music projects in New York City and Austin, Texas. Some of my own recordings are sometimes used as background music on the NPR show Invisibilia.
︎What’s your opinion? Negation and ‘Weak’ Attitude Verbs - Philosophical Quarterly
︎Directing Thought - Ergo
︎Genericity and Inductive Inference - Philosophy of Science
︎Meaning and Responsibility w/ Ray Buchanan - Mind & Language
︎Pragmatic Particularism w/ Ray Buchanan - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
︎A Hole in the Box and a Pain in the Mouth w/ Laurenz Casser - Philosophical Quarterly
︎This Paper Might Change Your Mind w/ Josh Dever - Noûs
︎Illocutionary Harm - Philosophical Studies
︎Acts of Desire - Inquiry
︎Is that a threat? - Erkenntnis
︎Phenomenal Dispositions - Synthese
︎Acquaintance and First-Person Attitude Reports - Analysis
︎The Nyaya Argument for Disjunctivism - History of Philosophy Quarterly
︎The Swapping Constraint - Minds & Machines
Work in Progress
under review [email for drafts]
︎Two papers about the attitude of relief w/ Casey O’Callaghan
︎A paper about rational learning and imperatives
︎A paper about what desires it’s rational to have w/ Daniel Drucker
︎A paper about practical questions, and their relationship to planning states w/ Dan Harris
in progress [email to confirm existence of drafts]
︎A paper about rational learning and discourse structure
︎A paper about rational learning and Jeffrey conditionalization w/ Josh Dever
︎A paper about how desires represent motivations
︎A paper about how imperatives motivate w/ Shaun Nichols
︎A paper about practical questions, and their relationship to imperatives
︎A paper about quantifier domain restriction and discourse structure
︎A paper about quantifier domain restriction and cognitive defaults w/ Katherine Ritchie
︎A paper about quantifier domain restriction and rule learning
︎A review of The Politics of Language by David Beaver & Jason Stanley
Recent and Upcoming Talks
2/2024: “Wanting Brought to an End”, Washington University in St. Louis
3/2024: TBD, Ability: Language and Action, Berlin