We cover issues at the intersection of epistemology and philosophy of language to discuss hedging and its relation to assertion.
Unstructured content. Oxford University Press. In preparation. (edited with Andy Egan and Dirk Kindermann)
A collection of original essays on unstructured conceptions of propositions. Many of the essays originate from a recent conference that I co-organized on the topic.
Contrast and constitution. Philosophical Quarterly, forthcoming.
I present a new argument that constitution is identity based on contrastive judgments about constituted objects.
Humean laws and circular explanation. Philosophical Studies 72.2 (2015), 433-443. (with Michael T. Hicks)
We defend Humeanism about natural laws from the objection that it is explanatorily circular. The problem we identify with the objection is that it requires explanation to be transitive in a way that it is not.
This was an advanced course in the philosophy of mind. It focused on two topics: the nature of human persons and mental content (e.g. internalism/externalism, naturalization).
philosophy of language
Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Winter 2018
This class was an introduction to the philosophy of language. It focused on carefully understanding classic papers about linguistic communication that are still central to current work in linguistics and philosophy.Sample handouts: Frege, Kripke, Kaplan
logic, reasoning, and persuasion
Summer 2013, Winter 2016, Summer 2016, Winter 2017, Summer 2017
This class was a critical thinking class. It focused on students cultivating their abilities to identify and assess arguments encountered in the wild (e.g. advertisements, Supreme Court decisions).