I have published on a wide range of subjects in philosophy, including epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and the history of philosophy. One theme which runs through much of this work is normativity - very roughly, the right and the good. Recent topics include: the nature of normative reasons; the distinction between subjective and objective reasons; the norms of belief, assertion, and practical reasoning; epistemic and motivational constraints on reasons; the distinction between first- and second-order reasons; normative testimony; epistemic value; aesthetic obligations; epistemic justification; and aesthetic realism.
Between 2013 and 2015, I was the Principal Investigator on a research project, also supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Normativity: Epistemic and Practical. My Co-Investigators were Conor McHugh and Jonathan Way. Prior to that, we led the 'Aims and Norms' workshop series, funded by the British Academy.
I have supervised PhD students working on such topics as inferential role semantics, epistemic value, and deflationism about truth,. I would be pleased to hear from students seeking supervision on topics which fall within my areas of research interest.