University of California, Berkeley
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 2017
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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    A Priori Concepts in Euclidean Proof
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. forthcoming.
    With the discovery of consistent non-Euclidean geometries, the a priori status of Euclidean proof was radically undermined. In response, philosophers proposed two revisionary interpretations of the practice: some argued that Euclidean proof is a purely formal system of deductive logic; others suggested that Euclidean reasoning is empirical, employing concepts derived from experience. I argue that both interpretations fail to capture the true nature of our geometrical thought. Euclidean proof is …Read more
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    The Fine-Tuning Argument and the Requirement of Total Evidence
    Philosophy of Science 84 (4): 639-658. 2017.
    According to the Fine-Tuning Argument, the existence of life in our universe confirms the Multiverse Hypothesis. A standard objection to FTA is that it violates the Requirement of Total Evidence. I argue that RTE should be rejected in favor of the Predesignation Requirement, according to which, in assessing the outcome of a probabilistic process, we should only use evidence characterizable in a manner available before observing the outcome. This produces the right verdicts in some simple cases i…Read more
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    Shape Perception in a Relativistic Universe
    Mind 127 (506): 339-379. 2018.
    According to Minkoswki, Einstein's special theory of relativity reveals that ‘space by itself, and time by itself are doomed to fade away into mere shadows’. But perceptual experience represents objects as instantiating shapes like squareness — properties of ‘space by itself’. Thus, STR seems to threaten the veridicality of shape experience. In response to this worry, some have argued that we should analyze the contents of our spatial experiences on the model of traditional secondary qualities. …Read more