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 investigates linguistic interventions in rational decision making: explaining how we are rationally able to adjust our mentation and 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, where I research rational changes in preference and desire. The planned outcome of this research is a monograph (tentatively) titled Arbitrary Rationality.
Outside of philosophy, I have an ongoing experimental music project called Physical Fitness. My recordings are sometimes used as background music on the NPR show Invisibilia.
︎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