About me

I am Associate Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University, having previously held positions at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN), Claremont McKenna College, and the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). I have wide-ranging interests in philosophy, including

  • the intersection of philosophy of language (linguistics) and mind (psychology), 
  • political philosophy (especially international law and politics, including global justice and just war theory). 
  • epistemology (including testimony, disagreement, language comprehension, and social prejudice). 
  • the history of philosophy. 
My most recent work has appeared in venues such as Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Politics, ThoughtInquiry, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and Philosophy Compass.  

Contact: You can get in touch with me by email by clicking here

CV: You can download my current CV in pdf format by clicking here.

           Breaking news

August 2016: "Language from the Ground Up: A Study of Homesign Communication" forthcoming in Erkenntnis!

August 2016: Travelling to Oslo to present "Succeeding at Communication but Failing at False Belief Tasks: On Deafness, Language Delay, and Theory of Mind Development" at conference on the role of intentions in communication.

January 2016: Sourcebook in the History of Philosophy of Language (Margaret Cameron, Benjamin Hill, Rob Stainton, eds.) out now, featuring my introductions to Stoicism and Epicureanism.

November 2015: "Deranging the Mental Lexicon" out now in Inquiry.

September 2015: Debuting my new first year course, Global Justice!

April 2015: Co-organizing workshop at CSMN this summer: "Empirical Constraints on Linguistic Theory: Phyologenetic and Ontogenetic Perspectives." 

February 2015: Travelling to Amsterdam in May to present on the epistemic dimension of moral responsibility. Conference website here.

December 2014: Routledge Companion to Hermeneutics out now, featuring "Hermeneutics and Pragmatism."

August 2014: "Lexical Norms, Language Comprehension, and the Epistemology of Testimony" out now in Canadian Journal of Philosophy.

August 2014: Presenting "Language from the Ground Up: A Study of Homesign Communication" at CSMN Interdisciplinary Workshop on Language Acquisition and Concept Formation.

June 2014: "Lexical Norms, Language Comprehension, and the Epistemology of Testimony" forthcoming in Canadian Journal of Philosophy!

June 2014: "A Role for Coercive Force in the Theory of Global Justice?" out now in Thom Brooks, ed., New Waves in Global Justice. 

June 2014: Presenting "Burge on the Reach of Perception" at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Vancouver.

June 2014: Presenting "Deranging the Mental Lexicon" at the Davidson's Derangement Revisited Workshop, CSMN, Oslo.

May 2014: In Stockholm for the Ethics of War in the 21st Century conference!

March 2014: "Burge on the Reach of Perception" accepted to the program of Society for Philosophy and Psychology in June.

March 2014: Review of Tyler Burge, Cognition through Understanding now out on Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

January 2014: Stockholm in May for the conference Ethics of War in the 21st Century.

December 2013: Elected PRIO Global Fellow for 2014 "in recognition of outstanding scholarship ... concerning the conditions for peaceful relations between nations, groups, and individuals."

December 2013: "The Epistemology of Prejudice" now out in Thought, Vol. 2., No.2, pp. 90-99.

December 2013: New draft posted! "Hermeneutics and Pragmatism," commissioned for Jeff Malpas and Hans-Helmuth Gander, eds., The Routledge Companion to Philosophical Hermeneutics.

October 2013: "The Epistemology of Prejudice" accepted for publication in Thought.

October 2013: Presenting "Homesign Semantics" at the University of Oslo and at INSEMP2013 (Investigating Semantics: Empirical and Philosophical Perspectives), Ruhr-University Bochum.

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