I am Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Director of the Experimental Philosophy Research Group at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. For 2021, I was a co-PI with Jeremy Wyatt on a multi-centre research project called Truth Without Borders, which studied cross-linguistic and cross-cultural aspects of the nature of truth. More information about the project may be obtained here

 

For 2021-2022, I was Karol Wojtyła - St John Paul II Honorary Visiting Fellow at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. In 2019 and 2020, I was Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute and Centenary Fellow at University of Aberdeen.  

 

The bulk of my scholarly work has been to reform philosophical debates by holding them to account for how philosophical concepts are understood and behave in natural language. Sometimes I investigate these concepts using questionnaires and surveys, and sometimes I explore extant corpus data for how such concepts behave in the wild.

 

In my 2017 book Commonsense Pluralism about Truth I showed how addressing the question, "what is truth?" has to be informed by empirical data on truth-talk and that that data recommend a pluralism about truth. In my recently completed book manuscript, Why Facts Matter, I argue for a complementary pluralistic view of facts. There, I show why philosophical theories of fact have missed an opportunity to learn from fact-talk in the wild, and, likewise, it looks like "fact-checkers", etc., have imperilled their livelihood by not taking philosophical theories of facts seriously enough. 

I approach philosophical problems using a diverse range of methodological approaches. For more about what I'm currently working on and how I'm exploring these issues, check out my projects page.

The story of how I got into philosophy doesn't begin with profound conversion as a teenager after having read the insights of Plato or Descartes but rather an explosion of sorts in my undergraduate university days. If you want to know more about why I chose to pursue philosophy, please see my "Why philosophy?" page. If you want to learn more about me, check out my brief biography.

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