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Goldilocks, Bad Company and some Slippery Fish

February 28, 2017 by

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No this isn’t a terrible (amazing?) fairy tale. And no, the title isn’t (just) badly thought out clickbait. The Bad Company problem, the Goldilocks problem and the Problem of Fishiness are all problems I’m writing about in my dissertation. More specifically, the overarching idea is to look at ways of solving the Bad Company problem. […]

On ‘Ought Implies Can’ in Ethics and Epistemology

August 31, 2016 by

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I recently got into a discussion about the ‘ought implies can’ (OIC) principle on social media. The poster suggested that he bought the principle in ethics but maybe not in epistemology. Disclaimer: I buy it wholeheartedly in ethics, and I’m inclined to buy it in epistemology as well. But pulling apart OIC in different realms […]

Knowledge. Good God. What is it Good for?

September 12, 2013 by

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The value problem of knowledge can be dated back to at least Plato’s dialogue Meno. In this dialogue, Socrates’ interlocutor asks why knowledge is more valuable than simply having a true belief. After all, a true belief that p seems just as practically valuable as knowledge that p. Consider the case of Sam who wishes […]

Comparing Intuitions: Mathematics and Philosophy

September 3, 2013 by

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This is something I been thinking about for a while and I would appreciate the insights of anyone with experience working with inutition. Especially with the rise of the X-Phi movement there has been an increased interest in philosophical and psychological intuition, particularly with regards to whether or how arguments from intuition should be used […]

Data Analysis, Models, and Knowledge (Applied Epistemology)

February 21, 2013 by

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Most of my recent philosophical research has been in the area of epistemology—the theory of knowledge. Knowledge is a familiar concept among most people, but mainstream epistemology has turned it into something that is only shared within the small confines of philosophers. As a consequence, epistemologists have robbed common folk of knowledge! The transformation of knowledge […]

‘Know How’ or ‘Know That’?

February 20, 2013 by

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**I know that moving the pedals forward moves a bike. I know that holding on to the handlebars and turning them when appropriate will steer the bike. I know that squeezing the right lever on the handle bars will engage the rear brake and slow down the bike’s momentum. Do I know how to ride a bike? Intellectually, I can explain to someone […]