Work in progress
Counterexamples to the Anthropic Principle draft of August 2015
In which I present counterexamples to the Anthropic Principle.
Essentialism and the Nonidentity Problem forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
In which I ask: out of all the many entities coincident with a person, that differ only in their essential profiles, which ones matter? I use nonidentity cases to shed light on this question.
Inexpressible Ignorance forthcoming in The Philosophical Review.
In which I discuss cases where ignorance is inexpressible (e.g. ignorance of absolute position, quiddities, and haecceities) and argue that the ignorance consists in an inability to identify things by way of their natures.
Metaphysical Rationalism forthcoming in Noûs (published online at Early View).
In which I develop and defend a version of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, one that entails that every truth is necessarily true.
Symmetry as an Epistemic Notion (Twice Over) forthcoming in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (published online at Advance Access).
In which I argue that symmetry is an epistemic notion (twice over).
Quality and Structure forthcoming in Current Controversies in Metaphysics, edited by Elizabeth Barnes (Routledge).
In which I argue that the world is a purely qualitative mosaic. Here is the postscript, coauthored with Jason Turner.
Substantivalism vs Relationalism About Space In Classical Physics Philosophy Compass 10.9 (2015): 601-624.
In which I survey a number of arguments for each view (including the bucket argument, Leibniz shift arguments, and symmetry arguments) and conclude that the case for relationalism is better than is often acknowledged. Here is the teaching and learning guide.
The Possibility of Physicalism The Journal of Philosophy 111.9 (2014): 557-592
In which I argue that the notion of ground is suitable for formulating a variety of metaphysical theses including physicalism.
On the Plurality of Grounds Philosophers' Imprint 14.14 (2014): 1-28.
In which I argue that ground is an irreducibly plural notion: these are grounded in those. Cases of plural grounding include individuals and quantities like kilograms.
Absolutism vs Comparativism about Quantity Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: Volume 8 (2013). Winner of the 2011 OSM Younger Scholars Prize.
In which I motivate and defend comparativism about quantities like mass.
The Bare Necessities Philosophical Perspectives 25 (2011): 115-160.
In which I discuss substantivalism in the context of the General Theory Relativity, and argue that we do not yet have a satisfactory substantivalist theory.
Individuals: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics Philosophical Studies 145.1 (2009): 35-67.
In which I argue that (fundamentally speaking) there are no such things as individuals.