Professor, Department of Philosophy. Areas of interest include
decision and game theory, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.
- Confession of a causal decision theorist. Forthcoming in Analysis. [Journal version]
- Fragmentation and logical omniscience. Noûs 56(3), 2022. With Agustín Rayo.
- Fragmentation and information access. In The Fragmented Mind, Cristina Borgoni, Dirk Kindermann, and Andrea Onofri, eds. Oxford University Press, 2021. With Agustín Rayo.
- Why We Don’t Have Enough Backup Ventilators. Route Fifty, April 10, 2020. With Daniel Oppenheimer
- Newcomb University: A Play in One Act. Analysis 80(2): 212–221, 2020.
- The Policy Consequences of Cascade Blindness. Behavioural Public Policy, 1-22, 2018. With Daniel Oppenheimer.
- Improving students’ understanding and analytical reasoning: A
quasi-experimental field study of argument visualization with first-year
undergraduates. Nature Partner Journals: Science of Learning 3(21), 2018. With Simon Cullen, Eva van der Brugge, and Judith Fan.
- Bayesian humility. Philosophy of Science 83 (July): 305-323, 2016.
- The puzzle of the
unmarked clock and the new rational reflection principle.
Philosophical Studies 164(1): 127-139, 2013.
Probabilities Should be Sharp. Philosophers'
Imprint, 10(5), 2010. Reprinted in The Philosopher's
Annual 30, Patrick Grim, Billy Dunaway, J. Dmitri Gallow,
Alex Silk, eds, 2011. Errata.
- How to
disagree about how to disagree Disagreement. Richard Feldman and Ted
Warfield, eds. Oxford University Press, 2010.
and Disagreement. Noûs, 41(3):
478-502, 2007. Reprinted in The Philosopher's Annual 27,
Patrick Grim, Ian Flora and Alex Plakias, eds, 2007, and Social Epistemology: An
Anthology, Dennis Whitcomb
and Alvin Goldman, eds, Oxford University Press, 2011.
and folk physics. Causation, Physics, and the
Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited. Huw
Price and Richard Corry, eds. Oxford University Press, 2007.
- I Can't Believe I'm Stupid. Philosophical Perspectives 19(1): 77-93, 2005. With Andy Egan.
- On overrating
oneself... and knowing it. Philosophical Studies,
123: 115-124, 2005.
Infinite Decisions, and Binding. Mind 113: 251-283, 2004. With Frank
Arntzenius and John Hawthorne.
- Infinitesimal chances and
the laws of nature. Australasian Journal of
Philosophy 82(1):67-76, 2004. Reprinted in Lewisian
Themes, Frank Jackson and Graham Priest, eds. Oxford University
- Defeating Dr. Evil with self-locating belief. Philosophy and
Phenomenological Research 69(2), 2004.
- Statistical Mechanics and the Asymmetry of Counterfactual
Dependence. Philosophy of Science (suppl. vol. 68, PSA
2000): S313-S324, 2001.
belief and the Sleeping Beauty problem." Analysis
60(2), 2000. Reprinted in Arguing About Knowledge, Duncan
Pritchard, Ram Neta, eds. Routledge, 2010, and Philosophy of
Probability: Contemporary Readings, Antony Eagle, ed.
- A coupled attractor model of the rodent head direction
system (with A. David
Redish and David S. Touretzky)
Network 7, 1996.
- Lucky to be rational.
Unpublished paper presented at the Bellingham Summer
Philosophy Conference on June 6, 2008.
- Philosophical foundations of probability and decision theory: Bayesian tools for philosophy (PHI 371, Spring 2023). Extended course description. Course application (applications received by noon on Nov. 16 are guaranteed full consideration). Taught jointly with Pietro Cibinel.
- Epistemology of belief polarization (Spring 2023). Princeton/Rutgers graduate seminar taught jointly with Andy Egan. Likely topics include: Bayesian treatments of miracles, undermining, and self-doubt, conspiracy theories, epistemic trapdoors, rational polarization, scientific polarization, and polarization through testimony echo chambers. [Open to philosophy graduate students only.]
Past courses at Princeton:
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Past informal mini-courses from MIT's IAP:
- Dissertation Seminar (PHI 599, Spring 2021)
- Free will and the problem of evil (Freshman Seminar) (FRS 114, Spring 2020)
- First Year Philosophy Graduate Seminar (PHI 550, Fall 2019)
Seminar in Epistemology (Fall 2019)
- Philosophical foundations of probability and decision theory (PHI 371, Spring 2019). Taught jointly with Alexander Meehan.
- Metaphysics: Chance and Causation (PHI 540, Fall 2018). Taught jointly with Boris Kment
- First Year Philosophy Graduate Seminar (PHI 550, Fall 2018)
- Theory of Knowledge (PHI 313, Fall 2017)
- Theory of Knowledge : Knowledge and Rationality (PHI 539, Fall 2017). Taught jointly with Tom Kelly
Analysis Using Argument Maps (FRS 187, Fall 2015)
- Philosophical Analysis Using Argument Maps (FRS 104, Spring 2016)
of Mind: Representation and Fragmentation
(PHI 535, Spring 2016). Taught jointly with Andy Egan and in parallel with Agustín Rayo
theory (PHI 533, Spring 2014)
of Randomness and Extreme Risk (PHI 374 / CHV 374,
Fall 2013). Taught jointly
with Daniel Cloud.
Analysis Using Argument Maps (FRS 105, Fall 2013)
- Philosophy of physics
(PHI 327, Fall 2012). Taught jointly
with Hans Halvorson.
(PHI 313, Spring 2012).
of Randomness and Extreme Risk (PHI 374,
Fall 2011) Taught jointly
of Mind: Representation and Fragmentation
(PHI 535, Fall 2011) Taught in parallel with
with Agustín Rayo
(PHI 599, Fall 2010)
graduate Seminar (PHI 599, Fall 2010) Taught jointly
with Boris Kment
(PHI 599, Spring 2010)
of Randomness and Extreme Risk (PHI 374
Spring 2010) Taught jointly
neural basis of free will and consciousness (FRS 104, Spring
2009) Taught jointly with Michael Berry
of Science: time, entropy, and the manifest image (PHI 531,
theory: Bayesian perspectives on expressivism, fragmentation, and disagreement
(PHI 533, Spring 2008)
- Introductory Logic (PHI 201, Spring 2008)
- Perfecting Life:
Designing Children, Designing Memories, Designing Death (CHV 308 /
PHI 308, Fall 2007) Taught jointly with Elizabeth
for Ethics (First-year graduate seminar, Fall 2007)
- Philosophy of Science (PHI 321, Spring 2007)
for Ethics (First-year graduate seminar, Fall 2006)
of Religion (PHI 325, Fall 2006)
- Computation and Mind (PHI513: Topics in Recent and Contemporary Philosophy)
of Science: Space, Evolution, Games, and Reduction (PHI321, Spring 2005)
conviction, religious disagreement (FRS101; sponsored by the Center for the study of religion)
- Problems of Philosophy: Folk Psychology, Decision Theory and Moral
Philosophy (PHI523/POL587; jointly taught with Philip Pettit)
of Religion: God, Bioethics, and Theological Deadlocks (PHI 325,
- Problems of Philosophy: Laws, Chance, and Constitution (PHI 523, Fall 2003)
of the Cognitive Sciences: Foundations of classical, quantum, and biological computation (PHI 322, Spring 2003)
Theory (PHI 533, Fall 2002; jointly taught with Bas van Fraassen)
- Time, temporal parts, and relativity (Junior Seminar, Fall 2002)
for Metaphysics (PHI 514, Spring 2002; jointly taught with Hans Halvorson)
- Philosophy of Science (PHI 321, Fall 2001)
- Should you believe what will make you happy? (Junior Seminar, Fall 2001)
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