University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 2007
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
Philosophy of Action

The goal of my work as a philosopher is to defend the idea that the purpose of epistemology is to offer normative guidance to the individual knower. This is sometimes identified as the “traditional” approach to epistemology, but when it emerged in the Enlightenment, the guidance conception of epistemology was revolutionary, insofar as it called on people to sweep aside the dogmas of the past and adopt a first-handed approach to knowing. I defend what might be termed a “neo-Enlightenment” epistemology, retaining the elements essential to the guidance conception, but shorn of the errors I take to have lent ammunition to the critics of the Enlig…

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