Welcome to my website! I was a lecturer in philosophy at Monash University from 2013-2016 and I am presently a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. I completed my PhD in 2013 at the University of Connecticut. My current research is primarily in epistemology, but I also work in metaphysics and ethics. You can find out more about my work HERE. You can find out more about philosophy by clicking on any one of the resource links HERE.
I can be contacted at p[last name here]jr[at]gmail.com
Why ‘Knowledge, Belief, and Beyond’?
Simple: some of the most interesting and relevant philosophical questions are questions about knowledge and belief (and beyond)… Juries decide the guilt of a defendant on the basis of whether the evidence indicates their guilt beyond reasonable doubt. Of course, the ideal is to only convict those you know to be guilty, but we can’t always live up to ideals. Sometimes the best evidence misleads us.
Take a non-forensic case. You encounter a racist. You think to yourself: “Their views about race are just crazy, there’s no good reason to think we should treat people differently on the basis of race. They ought to give up their racism.” Notice that, here, like in the forensic case, further normative judgments are being made. And this is THE BIG QUESTION: what makes such judgements correct?
I find THE BIG QUESTION absolutely gripping, and much of my work has been devoted to addressing this question and other questions in the neighborhood.