I am a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. At Aberdeen I have taught courses in Logic, Applied Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy with Children and Philosophy of Language.
Most of my research has focused on whether knowledge can arise from non-knowledge, particularly via inference and testimony. I am interested in epistemology more broadly and particularly in its overlap with ethics. I am currently working primarily on epistemic injustice.
I enjoy bringing Philosophy to wider audiences. In this connection, I coordinate several public engagement and outreach initiatives. These include Cafe' Philosophique, the departmental series of public engagement events; the Aberdeen Philosophy in Education Group (APEG), a training programme for Philosophy students to facilitate philosophy discussion in primary/secondary school classrooms; and the Philosophy with Children course, a biannual one-day Continuing Professional Development course for primary and secondary schoolteachers.
I carried out my doctoral studies at St Andrews and Aberdeen. Before that, I took my M.Litt. at St Andrews and my BA at Sheffield.
In my spare time I like to play football and walk my dogs.
'Testimonial Injustice Without Credibility Deficit (or Excess)' (forthcoming) Thought.
'Is Testimonial Knowledge Second-Hand Knowledge?' (forthcoming), Erkenntnis.
'What Does Knowledge-Yielding Deduction Require of Its Premises?' (2014), Episteme 11(3): 261-275.
'Contextualism and Counter-Closure' (2012), dialectica 66(1): 187-199.
'Interest-Relative Invariantism and Knowledge from Ignorance' (2012), Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 93(1): 31-42.
'Counter-Closure' (2010), Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88(4): 673:683.
Current teaching (2016/17)
PH1027 Controversial Questions
PH2535 Gender Equality
PH354G/454G Knowledge, Power and Society
SX1018 Logic, Language and Information
ED352C Professional Focus 2: Philosophy with Children
PH1010 Logic 1
PH1306 Logic 2
PH1019 Reason and Argument
PH2012 Philosophy of Language
- Further Info
Co-Lead - Athena SWAN Self-Assessement Team - School of Divinity, History and Philosophy