My name is Henry Ian Schiller. I’m a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Philosophy at The University of Sheffield.
h.i.schiller (at) sheffield (dot) ac (dot) uk
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. My project, “The Rationality of Preference Change”, is about how our minds change in response to new evidence in ways that go beyond the acquisition of new beliefs.
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.