I am a philosopher currently based at the University of Nottingham.
I work primarily on topics in metaphysics, the philosophy of language and linguistics, philosophy of mind, and meta-philosophy.
I have further interests (areas of competence) in early modern philosophy (esp. Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant), philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of religion, and logic.
I have also recently become interested in the intersection of language and phenomenology, and am currently co-writing something on this with Anna Bortolan.
Previously I have been a Teaching Fellow and Director of Postgraduate Learning and Teaching in the Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, P-I of the project 'Language and Ontological Emergence', and a Research Fellow on the Durham Emergence Project (project website). During that project, I was investigating whether there are instances of strong (ontological) emergence within language, specifically as viewed within the current Minimalist incarnation of the Generative Grammar Programme.
Prior to that, I completed my PhD in Philosophy at Durham University, entitled 'Realism, Truthmakers, and Language: A study in meta-ontology and the relationship between language and metaphysics' (available here). In the thesis I sought to defend a realist and substantive account of metaphysics from so-called deflationist approaches to metaphysics, most centrally Hirsch's Quantifier Variance Thesis. To this end, I argue that Quantifier Variance contains some unresolved philosophical problems, and is inconsistent with current work in linguistics.
I also previously held an associate researcher position on the AHRC and DFG funded project 'Un-Cartesian Linguistics', focusing on the conception of language present within Aristotle’s work.