I work primarily in epistemology and metaphysics (both traditional and social) and the history of analytic philosophy (especially G.E. Moore and Susan Stebbing). I also have side interests in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of science.
Before finding my way to philosophy, I worked as a writer and editor in New York: first as an Editorial Fellow at Rhizome at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, then as the New York Correspondent at e-flux, then as an Associate Editor at SNAP Editions.
University of California, Irvine
Department of Philosophy
85 Humanities Instructional Building
Irvine, CA 92697–4555
Many philosophers think that common sense knowledge survives sophisticated philosophical proofs against it. Recently, however, Bryan Frances (in a forthcoming paper “Philosophical Proofs Against Common Sense”) has advanced a philosophical proof that he thinks common sense can’t survive. Exploiting philosophical paradoxes like the Sorites, Frances attempts to show how common sense leads to paradox and therefore that common sense methodology is unstable. In this paper, we show how Frances’s proof fails and then present Frances with a dilemma.
Some metaphysicians believe that existence debates are easily resolved by trivial inferences from Moorean premises. This paper considers how the introduction of negative Moorean facts—negative existentials that command Moorean certainty—complicates this picture. In particular, it shows how such facts, when combined with certain plausible metaontological principles, generate a puzzle that commits the proponents of this method to a contradiction.
PHIL 4: Ethics
Thursday, October 15
My building is conducting a fire drill (!) during our normal discussion section hours this week, so section times will be pushed back one hour: Section I will meet from 1pm–1:50pm and Section II will meet from 2pm–2:50pm.
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