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