I am Commonwealth Professor in the Corcoran Department of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, and an editor of the journal Noûs. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the philosophy of mind, epistemology, and free will & moral responsibility. I’ve recently served in administrative roles at UVa: as Interim Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities (2018-19) and Acting Dean of Arts & Sciences (Fall 2019).
My research centers on the philosophy of mind, especially self-knowledge, consciousness, mental content, and the self. Most recently, I’ve been working on three topics: (1) the case for dualism, (2) self-knowledge, and (3) the “mind” boundary. Links to my recent work in each of these areas are below. My publications (with abstracts & links). My CV.
(1) The case for dualism.
- “Dualism: how epistemic issues drive debates about the ontology of consciousness” (forthcoming), for U. Kriegel, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Consciousness. Oxford University Press.
- “Acquaintance, Parsimony, and Epiphenomenalism” (2019), S. Coleman, ed., The Knowledge Argument. Cambridge University Press, pp. 62-86.
- “Agency and Self-Knowledge”. (forthcoming) in L. Ferrero, ed., The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Agency.
- “Self-Knowledge and Rational Agency: a defense of empiricism” (2018), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 96: 91-109.
- Critical notice of Quassim Cassam, Self-Knowledge for Humans (2016). Mind 125: 269-80.
- “Self-Knowledge” (2015) in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- “Renewed Acquaintance” (2012), in Introspection and Consciousness, edited by Declan Smithies and Daniel Stoljar. Oxford University Press, pp. 89-123).
- Self-Knowledge, (2011) Routledge, New Problems in Philosophy series.
(3) The “mind” boundary.
- “Understanding the Internalism-Externalism Debate: What is the Boundary of the Thinker?” (2012) in Philosophical Perspectives: Philosophy of Mind, pp. 51-75
- “Overextending the Mind?” (2007) In Arguing about the Mind, Gertler and Shapiro, eds. Routledge.
- “Content Externalism and the Epistemic Conception of the Self”. (2007) Philosophical Issues 17: 37-56.
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