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I am Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Siena College, where I am also Director of the Cognitive Science program. My work is at the intersection of epistemology and cognitive science, and focuses primarily on philosophical cognition, or how ours minds work when we think about philosophical issues. I have worked on the instability of philosophical intuition and its methodological consequences, the role that epistemic egocentrism plays in folk knowledge attribution, the role that case structural features and framing effects play in the epistemology of disagreement, and the role that cognitive dispositions and situational factors play in shaping how we respond to cognitive diversity. I also have broad interests in cognitive neuroscience, especially what lessons work at the intersection of ethics and cognitive neuroscience might have for the cognitive neuroscience of epistemology. 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.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Philosophy Indiana University
M.A. Philosophy University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.A. Philosophy and English Literature Marquette University

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2014 - Now Associate Professor Siena College
2008 - 2014 Assistant Professor Siena College

Articles & Book Reviews

  • A Short Course in Experimental Philosophy
    Teaching Philosophy
    2014
  • Putting the Trolley in Order: Experimental Philosophy and the Loop Case
    Philosophical Psychology
    2012
  • Restrictionism & Reflection: Challenge Deflected, or Simply Redirected?
    The Monist
    2012
  • Accentuate the Negative
    Review of Philosophy and Psychology
    2010
  • Are Philosophers Expert Intuiters?
    Philosophical Psychology
    2010
  • Competence: What's In? What's Out? Who Knows?
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences
    2010
  • Is Experimental Philosophy Philosophically Significant?
    Philosophical Psychology
    2010
  • The Instability of Philosophical Intuitions: Running Hot and Cold on Truetemp
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
    2008
  • Analytic Epistemology and Experimental Philosophy
    Philosophy Compass
    2007
  • Review of Marc Lange, Natural Laws in Scientific Practice
    Philosophy of Science
    2004

Awards & Distinctions

  • Committee on Teaching and Faculty Development  Summer Curriculum Diversification Fellowship, Siena College, Summer 2010
    Category: Other
    Committee on Teaching and Faculty Development, 2010
  • Committee on Teaching and Faculty Development - Summer Research Fellowship, Siena College, Summer 2009.
    Category: Other
    Committee on Teaching and Faculty Development, 2009
  • Louise B. McNutt Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, Academic Year 2007-2008.
    Category: Other
    Indiana University, 2008
  • Nelson Travel Grant, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2007.
    Category: Other
    Indiana University, 2007
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2006.
    Category: Other
    Indiana University, 2006
  • Nelson Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2005.
    Category: Other
    Nelson Summer Research Fellowship, 2005
  • Graduate School Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Academic Year 1998-1999.
    Category: Other
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1999
  • Francis X. Boden Memorial Award (awarded each year to graduating philosophy major on the basis of highest academic achievement in social philosophy), Department of Philosophy, Marquette University, 1996.
    Category: Other
    Marquette University, 1996

Books & Book Chapters

  • Advances in Experimental Epistemology
    Continuum Press
    2014
  • Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy
    Blackwell Press
    2014
  • Die Experimentelle Philosophie in der Diskussion
    Suhrkamp Verlag
    2014
  • Experimental Philosophy Volume 2
    Oxford University Press
    2014
  • Intuitions
    Oxford University Press
    2014
  • Experimental Philosophy and Its Critics
    Routledge Press
    2012
  • Experimental Philosophy and Its Critics
    Routledge Press
    2012
  • Experimental Philosophy: An Introduction
    Polity Press
    2012

Presentations

  • Case Structure and the Epistemology of Disagreement
    2015
    Intellectual Humility: Its Nature, Value, and Implications, Fuller Theological Seminary, California
  • Case Structure and the Epistemology of Disagreement
    2015
    Science of Intellectual Humility Capstone Conference, Avalon, Catalina Island, California
  • Infallibilism, Skepticism, and Cultural Differences
    2015
    American Philosophical Association Central Division, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Pernicious Stipulation
    2015
    Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Duke University, North Carolina
  • Case Structure and the Epistemology of Disagreement
    2014
    Buffalo X-Phi Conference, University At Buffalo, New York
  • Case Structure and the Epistemology of Disagreement
    2014
    Center for Philosophy of Science Lunchtime Colloquium, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Infallibilism, Skepticism, and Cultural Differences
    2014
    Society for Philosophy and Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada-British Columbia
  • Salience and Epistemic Egocentrism: An Empirical Study
    2014
    Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Salience and Epistemic Egocentrism: An Empirical Study
    2013
    Buffalo X-Phi Conference, University At Buffalo, New York
  • Salience and Epistemic Egocentrism: An Empirical Study
    2013
    Issues in Cognitive Science: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, RPI, New York
  • Salience and Epistemic Egocentrism: An Empirical Study
    2013
    Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Brown University, Rhode Island
  • The Challenge of Sticking with Intuitions Through Thick and Thin
    2011
    American Philosophical Organization, Pacific Division Meeting, San Diego, California
  • The Challenge of Sticking with Intuitions Through Thick and Thin
    2011
    Marist College Departmental Colloquium, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • The Challenge of Sticking with Intuitions Through Thick and Thin
    2011
    Metro Experimental Research Group, CUNY/NYU, New York
  • The Challenge of Sticking with Intuitions Through Thick and Thin
    2011
    Siena College Philosophy Department Colloquium, Loudonville, New York
  • The Challenge of Sticking with Intuitions Through Thick and Thin
    2011
    Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada-Quebec
  • The Challenge of Sticking with Intuitions Through Thick and Thin
    2011
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Departmental Colloquium, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • The Challenge of Sticking with Intuitions Through Thick and Thin
    2011
    York University Departmental Colloquium, York University, Canada
  • Putting the Trolley in Order: Experimental Philosophy and the Loop Case
    2010
    Metro Experimental Research Group, NYU, New York
  • Putting the Trolley in Order: Experimental Philosophy and the Loop Case
    2010
    Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Lewis and Clark College, Oregon
  • The Challenge of Sticking with Intuitions Through Thick and Thin
    2010
    Florida International University Departmental Colloquium, Miami, Florida
  • Trusting Intuitions and the Restrictionist Challenge
    2008
    Grand Valley State University Departmental Colloquium, Allendale, Michigan
  • Trusting Intuitions and the Restrictionist Challenge
    2008
    Siena College Departmental Colloquium, Loudonville, New York
  • Unstable Intuitions and Need For Cognition
    2008
    The Society for Philosophy and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
  • Commentary on Chris Tucker's 'A Dilemma for Epistemology the Wright Way'
    2007
    Indiana Philosophical Assoc., Bloomington, Indiana
  • Commentary on S. Matthew Liao's 'A Defense of Intuitions'
    2007
    American Philosophical Organization, Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco, California
  • The Dark Heart of Philosophical Intuitions
    2007
    Indiana University Department of Philosophy, Bloomington, Indiana
  • The Instability of Philosophical Intuitions
    2006
    Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Charleston, South Carolina
  • The Instability of Philosophical Intuitions
    2006
    The Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
  • The Instability of Philosophical Intuitions
    2006
    University Conference on Experimental Epistemology, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Modus Ponens and Problems with Material Implication
    2003
    Indiana University Logic Group, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Did Hempel Take Physical Probability Seriously After All?
    2002
    Indiana University Department of Philosophy, Bloomington, Indiana
  • On Williamson's Epistemic Treatment of Vagueness
    2002
    Grand Valley State University Department of Philosophy, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Rational Belief and Empirically Equivalent Rival Hypotheses
    2001
    Grand Valley State University Department of Philosophy, Grand Rapids, Michigan