ResearchI study the nature of time, space, and possibility, and the relationships between things, their parts, and their qualitative properties. I also work on probability and decision theory, and I’m interested in category theory and its applications to philosophy. My work applies technical tools to traditional philosophical questions.
Possible Patterns (with John Hawthorne)
Forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics
General Dynamic Triviality Theorems (with John Hawthorne)
Philosophical Review 2016
Forthcoming in Philosophical Perspectives
How Much is at Stake for the Pragmatic Encroacher
Forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Epistemology
Temporary Safety Hazards
Groupthink (with John Hawthorne and Lara Buchak)
Philosophical Studies 2015
On Where Things Could Be
Philosophy of Science 2014
Possible Worlds and the Objective World
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2013
Actuality for Counterpart Theorists
The Structure of Gunk: Adventures in the Ontology of Space
Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 2008
Work in Progress
TeachingI regularly teach Philosophy 450 (Intermediate Logic), which is about the limits of what can be said, proven, calculated, or counted. We study deep human discoveries about the infinite, the indescribable, and the impossible. If you've taken intro logic (or suitable courses in math, computer science, or linguistics) and you're interested in taking 450, contact me.
I also regularly teach graduate seminars and undergraduate classes in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, and philosophy of math.
In Spring 2017 I'll be teaching a new intro seminar on artificial intelligence.
University of Southern California, School of Philosophy
Office Hours (Fall 2016)Tuesday, 12:30–2pm
227 Stonier Hall