I am a philosopher, working on epistemology and metaphysics. I am very keen on all things modal, but specially on abilities and knowledge of ability, know-how, understanding...
I completed my PhD at KU Leuven, and I am in between jobs at the moment. Wish me luck!
I care about music, design, environmental ethics, phil of maths, logic, programming. Just very curious overall, I guess...
job ad: PhD position in Formalization of Mathematics
Freek Wiedijk of Radboud University Nijmegen has announced a PhD position for formalizing Fermat's Last Theorem, probably in Lean: https://www.cs.ru.nl/~freek/fltfps/
If you're considering a PhD, I can tell you from experience that the Dutch setup is an excellent option: to me it feels like a job as researcher (with some teaching duties) and after 4 years, I also get a nice gender-neutral title.
Matrix 4, epistemology
In the real world of M4, people bio-engineer plants that produce fruit that taste exactly like they do inside the Matrix. In M1, people were asking whether the flavors coded in the Matrix were 'authentic'. In a world where ecological collapse is irreversible, you might as well settle for the synthetic stuff.
Is this progressive or regressive? If we could produce things that have an arbitrary taste, why not make them better still? But, how to tell it's better?
Some papers out this month:
1) “On Understanding People, Structure, Desires, and Ourselves", Cinta de Moebio, 72, 183-193 (https://cintademoebio.uchile.cl/index.php/CDM/article/view/65795)
I wrote this one as a response to some of the literature I taught in my phil of social science class. Teaching inspired research ;)
2) “Understanding Attributions: Problems, Options, and a Proposal", Theoria, 1–26. doi: 10.1111/theo.12380 (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/theo.12380)
A paper I revised way too many times, stemming from some ideas I had in my MPhil.
OK, now my paper on understanding attributions is out
Had a terrific time giving a joint talk with @Giulia at the PG WIP Seminar from her uni, on 'Modal Judgement in Musical Performance'.
world philosophy day
sharing papers I like:
"Cognition as a Social Skill" Sally Haslanger (2019)
PhD in #philosophy, working in epistemology, metaphysics and philosophical logic. worried about all things modal, abilities, know-how...
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