Knowledge-First Social Epistemology
2020 - 2025; Role: Principal Investigator
Knowledge first epistemology takes knowledge as central to epistemological affairs and ventures to analyse other epistemic standings in terms of knowledge. This project develops a knowledge-first framework for social epistemological issues.
A Virtue Epistemology of Trust
2020-2023; Role: Co-Investigator (with J. Adam Carter (PI) and Chris Kelp (Co-I)
Funding: Leverhulme Research Grant (GBP 254.871)
One of the most serious challenges faced by philosophers of trust is to understand why, and under what circumstances, we should trust as opposed to distrust others and what they tell us. Even though philosophical theories of trust have offered insights into what trust is, they have yet to tell us what qualities make someone a good or bad truster, and why. This project introduces virtue epistemology to address this issue for the first time. It offers a novel method for theorising about what dispositions trusting well requires, and it uses this method to explain why certain forms of skilled trusting are more valuable than others.The project also breaks new ground in debates about trustworthiness by showing that skills needed to be a good truster, as well as to be reliably trustworthy, are importantly related. Further, the project connects these results more widely to debates in social epistemology by showing how trusting well provides a constraint on three key aspects of social life: assertion, action, and practical reasoning. An important payoff is an understanding of how skilled trusting can help build and sustain more resilient trust networks.
Epistemic Norms, A Function-First Account
October 2016 - February 2019; Role: Principal Investigator.
Mind Research Fellowship (~GBP 23,000)
The Mind Association Conference Grant (awarded, GBP 2,000)
The Analysis Trust Conference Grant (awarded, GBP 500)
The Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo Conference Funding (awarded, EUR 15,000)
JuMo Early Career Mobility Funding (EUR 14,500)
FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) (conference funding, EUR 3,000)
Van de Wielefonds (conference funding, EUR 1,500).
Assertion: The Context Sensitivity Dilemma
October 2013 - December 2016; Role: Principal Investigator.
Graduate Student Subsidy 89th Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association (awarded by: The Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association)
Doctoral Research Allowance (awarded by KU Leuven, EUR 6,750).
Doctoral Research Scholarship (awarded by KU Leuven, EUR 105,000).