Bio

IMG_0466I am currently associate professor of philosophy at Siena College, where I am also departmental chairperson and director of the cognitive science program. My work is at the intersection of epistemology and experimental cognitive science, and focuses on philosophical cognition, or how our minds work when we think about philosophical issues. I have worked on the instability of philosophical intuition and its methodological consequences, the cognitive foundations of skepticism and what this can tell us about the nature of knowledge, the role that that case structural features and framing effects play in the epistemology of disagreement, the influence that cognitive dispositions and situational factors have in shaping how we respond to cognitive diversity, and the nature and limits of philosophical expertise. I also have broad interests in cognitive neuroscience, especially what lessons the neuroscience of morality might have for the cognitive neuroscience of epistemology, the philosophy of science, especially the role that values play in scientific practice, and the history and philosophy of science, especially the role that semantic and epistemic conceptions of presupposition and apriority play in mid-20th century philosophy of science. I published my first book, Experimental Philosophy: An Introduction, in the summer of 2012, and am currently working on a second book on the philosophy and cognitive science of disagreement, funded by a research grant from the Templeton Foundation Science of Intellectual Humility Project.

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