Department of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham



Books
Authored

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

     Metascience review

    NDPR review
    Syndicate Philosophy symposium

Edited

Forthcoming. Best Explanations: New Essays on Inference to the Best Explanation (Oxford University Press--proof stage) (with Ted Poston)

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

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

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

Articles & Book Chapters

Explanationism

Forthcoming. Beliefs are Justified by CoherenceIn 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


Forthcoming. 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




2015. Explanationism: Defended on All SidesLogos & 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


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

2013. Two Skeptical Arguments or Only One? Philosophical Studies


Conservatism (Epistemic and Phenomenal)




Basing Relation

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



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



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 DefendedLogos & Episteme

2014. Testimonial Knowledge from LiesPhilosophia

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

Encyclopedia Entry
The Problem of the CriterionInternet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Book Reviews
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

   

I am Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 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.

Teaching
(Upper level courses)
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
Subpages (1): Curriculum Vitae