I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and editor (with Scott Stapleford) of the Routledge Studies in Epistemology series. My research primarily focuses on issues in contemporary epistemology and philosophy of science. I'm particularly interested in explanatory reasoning and its role in responding to skeptical challenges as well as generating scientific and everyday knowledge.

Curriculum Vitae

Books

Authored

Forthcoming. Uncertainty: How it Makes Science Advance (Oxford University Press--under contract--ms complete) (with Kostas Kampourakis)

2016. The Nature of Scientific Knowledge: An Explanatory Approach

Metascience review

2014. Evidentialism and Epistemic Justification

NDPR review

Syndicate Philosophy symposium

Edited

Forthcoming. Believing in Accordance with the Evidence: New Essays on Evidentialism (Springer--in production)

Forthcoming. The Mystery of Skepticism: New Explorations (Brill--in production) (with Ted Poston)

Forthcoming. What is Scientific Knowledge? An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology of Science (Routledge--under contract) (with Kostas Kampourakis)

2017. Best Explanations: New Essays on Inference to the Best Explanation (Oxford University Press) (with Ted Poston)

Articles & Book Chapters

Explanationism

Forthcoming. Beliefs are Justified by Coherence. In Steven B. Cowan (ed.) Problems in Philosophy: An Introduction to the Major Debates on Knowledge, Reality, Values and Government, Bloomsbury (with Ted Poston)

Forthcoming. Experience Alone is Not Enough: Reply to Howard-Snyder (with In Steven B. Cowan (ed.) Problems in Philosophy: An Introduction to the Major Debates on Knowledge, Reality, Values and Government, Bloomsbury (with Ted Poston)

Forthcoming. Explanationist Evidentialism Defended: A Reply to Fumerton, Kvanvig, and Steup. In Kevin McCain (ed.) Believing in Accordance with the Evidence: New Essays on Evidentialism, Springer

2018. Explanatory Virtues are Indicative of Truth. Logos & Episteme

2018. Explanationist Aid for Phenomenal Conservatism. Synthese.

2017. The Evidential Impact of Explanatory Considerations. In Kevin McCain and Ted Poston (eds.) Best Explanations: New Essays on Inference to the Best Explanation, Oxford University Press (with Ted Poston)

2017. Undaunted Explanationism. Logos & Episteme

2017. The Coherence of Explanationist Evidentialism: A Reply to Smart. Syndicate Philosophy

2017. The Role of Dispositions in Evidential Fit: A Reply to Moon and Robinson. Syndicate Philosophy

2017. It Matters Which Explanation Is Best: A Reply to Cutter and Swenson. Syndicate Philosophy

2015. Explanationism: Defended on All Sides. Logos & Episteme

2014. Why explanatoriness is evidentially relevant. Thought (with Ted Poston)

2014. Evidentialism, Explanationism, and Beliefs about the Future. Erkenntnis

2013. Explanationist Evidentialism. Episteme

Skepticism

Forthcoming. Two Strategies for Explaining Away Skepticism. In Kevin McCain and Ted Poston (eds.) The Mystery of Skepticism: New Explorations, Brill-(with Ted Poston)

Forthcoming. In Defense of the Explanationist Response to Skepticism. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism

2016. Skepticism and Elegance: An Explanationist Rejoinder. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism

2015. A New Evil Demon? No Problem for Moderate Internalists. Acta Analytica

2014. Pick Your Poison: Beg the Question or Embrace Circularity. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism (with William Rowley)

2013. Two Skeptical Arguments or Only One? Philosophical Studies

2012. A Predictivist Argument Against Scepticism. Analysis

Conservatism (Epistemic and Phenomenal)

Forthcoming. Epistemic Conservatism and the Basing Relation. In J. Adam Carter and Patrick Bondy (eds.) Well Founded Belief: New Essays on the Epistemic Basing Relation, Routledge

2017. An Isolation Objection to Phenomenal Conservatism. Erkenntnis

2012. Against Hanna on Phenomenal Conservatism. Acta Analytica

2008. The Virtues of Epistemic Conservatism. Synthese

Basing Relation

2017. A Clean Bill of Health for the Interventionist Account of the Basing Relation: A Reply to Flowerree. Syndicate Philosophy

2012. The Interventionist Account of Causation and the Basing Relation. Philosophical Studies

Evidentialism

Forthcoming. Evidentialism: A Primer. In Kevin McCain (ed.) Believing in Accordance with the Evidence: New Essays on Evidentialism, Springer.

2015. No Knowledge Without Evidence. Journal of Philosophical Research

2015. Is Forgotten Evidence a Problem for Evidentialism? Southern Journal of Philosophy

Scientific Knowledge & Public Understanding of Science

Forthcoming. How do explanations lead to scientific knowledge? In Kevin McCain and Kostas Kampourakis (eds.) What is Scientific Knowledge? An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology of Science, Routledge

2018. Which question do polls about evolution and belief really ask, and why does it matter? Public Understanding of Science (with Kostas Kampourakis)

2016. Belief in or about evolution? BioScience (with Kostas Kampourakis)

2015. Explanation and the Nature of Scientific Knowledge. Science & Education

2013. EvolutionaryTheory and the Epistemology of Science. In Kostas Kampourakis (ed.) The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators, Springer (with Brad Weslake)

Miscellaneous

2015. Interventionism Defended. Logos & Episteme

2014. Testimonial Knowledge from Lies. Philosophia

2008. Descartes and the Creation of Eternal Truths. Southwest Philosophical Studies

Encyclopedia Entry

The Problem of the Criterion. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Book Reviews

2018. Indispensable Falsehoods (review of Potochnik, Idealization and the Aims of Science), in Science & Education

2018. Tough Love for Science (review of Bauer, Science Is Not What You Think), in Metascience

2013. Gauch, Scientific Method in Brief, in Teaching Philosophy

2013. Steup and Sosa, Contemporary Debates in Epistemology, in Science and Education

2013. Audi, Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge 3rd Edition, in Science and Education

Philosophy & Pop Culture

2016. Red Rising and Philosophy: Break the Chains! Open Court Publishing (with Courtland Lewis)

2016. Living for More. In Courtland Lewis and Kevin McCain (eds.) Red Rising and Philosophy: Break the Chains!, Open Court Publishing

2016. The One, the Only, Darrow. In Courtland Lewis and Kevin McCain (eds.) Red Rising and Philosophy: Break the Chains!, Open Court Publishing

2016. Hero or Villain? In Courtland Lewis and Kevin McCain (eds.) Red Rising and Philosophy: Break the Chains!, Open Court Publishing

2015. The Doctor Lies. In Courtland Lewis and Paula Smithka (eds.) More Doctor Who and Philosophy: Regeneration Time, Open Court Publishing

2014. Who is Raistlin Majere? In Christopher Robichauld (ed.) Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy, Blackwell Publishing

2012. “Demons, Dreamers, and Madmen”: Is Ozzy Going Insane? In William Irwin (ed.) Philosophy and Black Sabbath, Blackwell Publishing


Teaching

(Upper level courses)

F18: Epistemology

Su18: Philosophy of Religion

S18: Searching for Understanding

F17: Philosophy of Science

F17: Evidence and Belief in a Post-Truth Society (team taught course for University Honors Program)

Su17: Philosophy of Religion

S17: Epistemology

S17: Meaning of Life

F16: Fight the Power: Exploring Political Authority

Su16: Philosophy of Religion

S16: Epistemology & Philosophy of Science: Ockham's Razor

S16: Philosophy in Film

F15: Meaning of Life

Su15: Philosophy of Religion

S15: Knowing in a Social World

F14: Epistemology

Su14: Philosophy of Religion

F13: Philosophy of Science

F12: Epistemology

(Introductory level courses)

I regularly teach introduction to philosophy and occasionally teach contemporary moral issues and bioethics.

Wireless Philosophy

Here's a link to a video I worked on explaining the epistemic regress problem for Wireless Philosophy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAZ8awuILJg

If you would like to see drafts of any of the above, feel free to contact me at: mccain [at] uab [dot] edu