Writing

At present I’m mostly writing about what we can learn from the ubiquity of the various paradoxes, puzzles and impossibility results that have preoccupied moral philosophers for the last forty years or so. I think they support a form of error theory; the view that there are no moral truths and all moral judgements are wrong. I have recently published a couple of papers on this theme (Nous 2020, JPhil 2022). I’m hoping to put it all together into a manuscript in the near future, the working title of which is An Unsovlable Puzzle: The New Case for Nihilism. If you’d like to see it, or better yet to invite me to your place to chat about it, get in touch.

On a (completely) different note, I am also writing about epistemological issues in the search for extraterrestrial life (Nature 2020, Phil Quarterly 2022). This is hardly mainstream philosophy. But think about it… We are bound to encounter (more) puzzling astronomical phenomena (than we already have), some of which won’t admit of obvious natural explanations. People will get excited and exotic hypotheses will proliferate. It’s not good enough to dismiss them out of hand; we now know that there are trillions of planets out there, and the universe could be teeming with life. Perhaps general philosophical principles can supplement the science in guiding our judgment…

Follow the links below for drafts of these papers (and some others), links to my recent books, and a full publication list (cv):

Recent papers

Books.

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