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I'm a lecturer in the philosophy department at the University of Edinburgh. I joined the department in September 2012 as a Chancellor's Fellow, and I've been a lecturer since June 2015. Previously I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. I did my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, where I was supervised by Mark Sainsbury, and my undergraduate and masters at the University of St Andrews. I work mostly on issues in epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, though my interests have been broadening considerably recently.
I recently finished a series of papers and a book critically engaging with the knowledge first approach to epistemology and related areas of mind and language. My current research concerns first-person thought, particularly the phenomenon of immunity to error through misidentification, self-knowledge, and related issues concerning how we attribute mental states to ourselves and to others. I've also recently been thinking about applications of speech act theory, about Miranda Fricker's notion of epistemic injustice, and about how these relate.
For more details, please see my research page.
Philosophy for the wider public
For a brief podcast Q&A on my paper 'Propaganda and the Authority of Pornography', please listen below:
'Pornography as Propaganda', a brief blog post at The Forum based on the same paper.
I am currently supervising PhDs on evidence, epistemic entitlement, and self-knowledge - I'm happy to be involved in projects at Edinburgh that fall under any of my research or teaching interests.
In 2015-6 I'm teaching Philosophy of Fiction, and Feminism (with Joey Pollock), and next year I'm teaching Fiction again and a new course called Knowledge, Ignorance, and Power. Previously at Edinburgh I have taught epistemology, history of analytic philosophy, and philosophical methodology.