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

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

(2) The Nature of Scientific Knowledge: An Explanatory Approach, Springer, 2016

Metascience review

(1) Evidentialism and Epistemic Justification, Routledge, 2014

NDPR review

Syndicate Philosophy symposium

Edited

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

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

(2) Believing in Accordance with the Evidence: New Essays on Evidentialism, Springer, 2018

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

NDPR review

Articles & Book Chapters

Forthcoming

(41) Dispelling the Disjunction Objection to Explanatory Inference. Philosophers' Imprint (with Ted Poston)

(40) What is biological knowledge? In Kostas Kampourakis and Tobias Uller (eds.) Philosophy of Science for Biologists, Cambridge University Press.

(39) 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

(38) Epistemic Conservatism: A Non-Evidentialist Epistemology? In Luca Moretti and Nikolaj Pedersen (eds.) Non-Evidentialist Epistemology, Brill

(37) 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)

(36) 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)

(35) In Defense of the Explanationist Response to Skepticism. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism

(34) 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

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

2018

(32) Explanationist Aid for Phenomenal Conservatism. Synthese.

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

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

(29) Explanatory Virtues are Indicative of Truth. Logos & Episteme

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

2017

(27) 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)

(26) An Isolation Objection to Phenomenal Conservatism. Erkenntnis

(25) Undaunted Explanationism. Logos & Episteme

(24) The Coherence of Explanationist Evidentialism: A Reply to Smart. Syndicate Philosophy

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

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

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

2016

(20) Skepticism and Elegance: An Explanationist Rejoinder. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism

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

2015

(18) Is Forgotten Evidence a Problem for Evidentialism? Southern Journal of Philosophy

(17) No Knowledge Without Evidence. Journal of Philosophical Research

(16) Explanationism: Defended on All Sides. Logos & Episteme

(15) A New Evil Demon? No Problem for Moderate Internalists. Acta Analytica

(14) Explanation and the Nature of Scientific Knowledge. Science & Education

(13) Interventionism Defended. Logos & Episteme

2014

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

(11) Evidentialism, Explanationism, and Beliefs about the Future. Erkenntnis

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

(9) Testimonial Knowledge from Lies. Philosophia

2013

(8) Explanationist Evidentialism. Episteme

(7) Two Skeptical Arguments or Only One? Philosophical Studies

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

2012

(5) A Predictivist Argument Against Scepticism. Analysis

(4) The Interventionist Account of Causation and the Basing Relation. Philosophical Studies

(3) Against Hanna on Phenomenal Conservatism. Acta Analytica

2008

(2) The Virtues of Epistemic Conservatism. Synthese

(1) Descartes and the Creation of Eternal Truths. Southwest Philosophical Studies


Encyclopedia Entry

(1) The Problem of the Criterion. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Book Reviews

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

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

(3) Gauch, Scientific Method in Brief, in Teaching Philosophy, 2013

(2) Steup and Sosa, Contemporary Debates in Epistemology, in Science and Education, 2013

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


Philosophy & Pop Culture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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