I am currently Senior Lecturer (US equivalent: Associate Professor) in Philosophy at the University of Sussex, UK . Previously, I've worked at the University of Durham , Queen's University Belfast , Utrecht University , and the UNAM in Mexico City. I got my Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of Durham (supervisor: Prof. R.F.Hendry ; examiners: Prof. Jonathan Lowe & Prof. Chris Hookway ).
From November 2013 to 2017, I will be a researcher working (0.75 fte) on a project in applied epistemology and ethics, the Trusting Banks project. The project is a 5 year, 1.3 m euro collaboration between Groningen and Cambridge Universities, funded by NWO (Dutch Science Organisation), and led by Prof. Boudewijn de Bruin and Prof. Alex Oliver.
I am a founding member of the Southern Normativity Group (SoNG).
My current research interests are (roughly) the following:
The Ethics of Belief: How, if at all, are beliefs subject to normative appraisal? Should the ethics of belief give us prescriptive guidance as to what we should believe/how we should conduct our lives qua believers? Is the ethics of belief a subset of Ethics? Of Epistemology? Is Clifford’s Evidentialism (as opposed to James’ Pragmatism) true?
Epistemology: Fallibilism; Epistemic Permissibility; The Gettier Problem-problem; Epistemic Justification; Externalism vs. Internalism; Epistemic Normativity; the Basing Relation; Epistemic Conservatism; the Nature of Curiosity, Understanding; Knowledge-wh; Epistemic Luck; Epistemic Value.
Philosophy of Mind: The Nature of Belief, “Alief”, Suspended Judgement, wh-attitudes, Intention, Self-Deception; Doxastic Voluntarism; Degrees of Belief; Doxastic Compatibilism; the Phenomenology of Belief; Proprioception; Intuitions.
Ethics: Normativity, Reasons, Rationality; Parfit’s State-Given/Object-Given Reasons distinction; the All-Things-Considered/Pro Tanto Reasons, Oughts, and Duties distinction; “’Ought’ Implies ‘Can’”; Blameworthiness, Blame, Responsibility, Obligation (and the relation between them); Rights; Permissibility; the Error-Theory.
Applied Philosophy: Freedom of Speech & Expression; Financial Ethics; Informed Consent.
I also have an interest in Islamic Philosophy, having spent a lot of 1990 - 1995 in Syria.
(forthcoming, 2016) Analytic Islamic Philosophy (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan, Philosophy Today Series (London & New York)).
(2016) Islamic Philosophy & The Ethics of Belief (London: Palgrave Macmillan).
(2008) "Deontology in Ethics and Epistemology " Metaphilosophy Vol. 39 No. 4-5 pp. 530 - 545.
"Prophecy and Certainty" Philosophy Society, University of Sussex, October 2015.
"The Real Symbolic Limits of the Market" 3rd Trusting Banks Workshop, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, June 2015.
"Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Belief, and Extremist Belief": Research Seminar (Research Group on Knowledge and Values), & "Introduction to Islamic Philosophy" Public Lecture, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, April 2015.
"Trusting and Intending": Research Seminar, University of Durham, February 2015.
"The Limits of Toleration": Panel discussion with Paul Davies, Katerina Deligiorgi, Simon McGregor and Rabbi Effune, University of Sussex, Meeting House (a Chaplaincy organised event), February 2015.
"Trusting and Intending": 2nd Trusting Banks Workshop, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, January 2015.
"Interest-Relative Risk and Credit Rating": Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference, St. Anne's College, Oxford (June 2014) & 1st Trusting Banks Workshop, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (November 2014).
"Al-Farabi on Certainty": Philosophy Society of England (Sussex Branch), Lewes, February 2014.
"Why is Belief Involuntary?": LEM seminar, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, London, December 2013.
"Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Belief": Sussex Research Seminars in Social and Political Theory, Brighton, October 2013.
"An Error-Theory We Can Believe": Cardiff Normativity Workshop, Cardiff, June 2013.
"The Ethics of Belief": Philosophy Society, University of Southampton, February, 2013.
"On Suspended Judgement": Philosophy Society, University of Sussex, November 2012.
"What do we aim at when we suspend judgement?" Inferentialism in the Philosophy of Language, Mind & Action , UNED, Madrid, October 2012.
"Ethical Inconsistency" Practical Philosophy Seminar, Utrecht University, December 2009.
"Reply to van Woudenberg" Responsible Belief in the Face of Disagreement, VU Amsterdam, August 2009.
"The Value of Justification" 2nd Workshop in Analytic Philosophy, VU Amsterdam, June 2009 & Departmental Colloquium, Eindhoven University, May 2009.
"The Value of Justification" Conference on Ernest Sosa, University of Zaragoza, Spain May 2009.
"The Sources of Epistemic Normativity" Graduate Conference on Normativity , University of Amsterdam, August 2008 & The Place of Epistemic Agents: Autonomy and Dependence in Epistemology , Carlos III University Madrid and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, October 2008.
"Doxastic Deontologism Defended" (with a reply by Miguel Angel Fernández) Seminario de Investigadores, Instituto de Investigaciones Filosoficás, UNAM, México, October 2007.
Reply to DiNucci: "Automaticity and Davidsonian Rationalization" Postgraduate Conference on Action and Perception, University of Durham, August 2006.
Reply to Pellegrino: "Ethical Properties and Resultant Qualities: or, the Naturalism of W.D. Ross" Postgraduate Conference on Ethical Naturalism, St John's College, University of Durham, August 2006.
"Epistemic Reasons and Moral Realism" Joint Session of the Mind Association and Aristotelian Society (open session), University of Southampton, July 2006.
"Doxastic Voluntarism and Self-Deception" Philosophy Society, Queen's University Belfast, May 2006.
"Can there be Epistemic Reasons for Action?" Departmental Research Seminar, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham, February 2006.
"How to Defend the Unity of Justification" Unity of Reason Conference, University of St. Andrews, June 2005.
"Doxastic Voluntarism and Self Deception" Universities of Ireland Postgraduate Conference, Trinity College Dublin, April 2005.
"The Price of Having a Deontic Conception" Graduate Conference on Skepticism, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 2003.
"Arbitrariness, Reliabilism, and the Fate of Justification in Epistemology" SPPA Spring Conference, University of Edinburgh, April 2002.
I usually accept requests to referee papers, manuscripts and research funding proposals. I have acted as a referee/reader for:
American Philosophical Quarterly
Australasian Journal of Philosophy
Danish Council for Independent Research
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
European Journal of Analytic Philosophy
Journal of Applied Philosophy
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Journal of Philosophical Research
Oxford University Press
Logos & Episteme
Mind & Language
Southern Journal of Philosophy
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