I’m Reader in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), and Research Associate at LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS). I work in social epistemology with a particular interest in the value of truth and what empirical psychology and different predictive models and mechanisms (e.g., prediction markets) tell us about how truth propagates throughout social structures under different circumstances.
On the theoretical side, I’ve worked on
a type of epistemic value monism on which true belief is the only fundamental epistemic value;
a form of epistemic paternalism on which we’re sometimes justified in interfering with the inquiry of others without their consent but for their own epistemic good; and
cognitive outsourcing, i.e., the handing over (outsourcing) of one’s information collection and processing (the cognitive).
As for applied social epistemology, I’ve
done experimental work on self-resolving information markets showing that such markets can be made to match traditional markets in accuracy, without relying on external events in settling pay-offs;
looked at how people process evidence of the economic impact of immigration together with the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR); and
At the moment, I’m
looking at addressing problems of public political ignorance by determining electoral outcomes through models of fully informed preferences, which raises interesting questions about both political legitimacy and how to model political behaviour;
attempting to replicate the type of information effects on political attitudes found through aforementioned models by exploring how different ways of presenting evidence on the economic impact of migration influence people’s attitudes, together with researchers at NIESR and Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS); and
defending epistemic consequentialism (see here and here) in a project with Jeff Dunn (DePauw), originally funded by the British Academy. As part of the project, Jeff and I edited a volume on epistemic consequentialism for Oxford University Press, and are currently working on a book-length defence of ‘epistemic utilitarianism.’
For more on my research projects, past and present, see my research projects page.
I live in north east London with my wife and son. Whenever the three of us get a chance, we travel.
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