Dustin:


I am a doctoral candidate and instructor of writing and philosophy at the University of Rochester. Previously, I studied at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where, under the supervision of Nicholas Griffin, I was awarded a Master's Degree in philosophy for my work on Bertrand Russell's later epistemic and metaphysical work on perception. My main research interests beyond Russell are:
  • epistemology—most specifically, epistemic agency, belief-formation, and disagreement.
  • the philosophy of time—most specifically, relativizing the "now" of becoming, employing neither the A nor B theories, while also questioning the consistency of this view in light of scientific law and the phenomenology of time.
  • science and society--most specifically, I am concerned with the intersection of democratic ideals and technical expertise, asking: does highly specialized and technical areas of expertise--e.g. science, law, medicine--undermine the democratic ideal of everyone's view carrying equal weight where matters of policy and social impact are concerned?
My dissertation research, under the supervision of Richard Feldman, focuses on reflective equilibrium in epistemology and its allowance for reasonable peer disagreement.