About Me

I'm a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Maryland. My research lies primarily in epistemology and metaethicsMy research centers on how we should think about normative claims and self-knowledge in light of our Darwinian origins (and in general, I try to view philosophical issues through Darwinian lens). I have minor interests in applied ethics and philosophy of religion. My dissertation supervisor is Peter Carruthers.


I was born and raised in Sacramento, California. Even at a young age, I was drawn to philosophical ideas (e.g. the nature of infinity, moral disagreement). My freshman year of college, I took an introductory philosophy course on a whim. From there, I knew I wanted to pursue philosophy professionally.

I took a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of California at Davis in 2010. I took a master's degree in philosophy from San Francisco State University in 2012.

When I'm not doing research (or teaching), I enjoy music, local theater, bowling, and going to the movies. I'm an avid MMA fan. 

I also abide.

You can find my complete C.V. here. And you can email me at jlicon [at] umd [dot] edu.


‘The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.’
  --Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism

‘There is only one thing that a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is contradict other philosophers’
  --William James, Remarks at a Peace Banquet
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Jimmy Alfonso Licon,
Oct 3, 2017, 5:02 PM