I am a Professor in the Philosophy
Department at the University of Arkansas. My main areas of research are
in metaphysics and the philosophy of psychology and mind. I also serve
as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Philosophy Department.
I have published a book—The Logical
Structure of Kinds
(Oxford, 2014)—in which I develop and defend
a theory of properties and kinds, with special applications to debates
over multiple realizability and reduction in the philosophy of mind. I
like the theory that I advanced in that book, but I was pretty brief
when it came to drawing out all the consequences and applying it to
particular cases. Somewhat relatedly, I have recently written a paper
criticizing the Lewisian conception of naturalness.
My current research is a bit more in philosophy of psychology and mind.
I am currently working on my second book, tentatively entitled The
Signaling Mind: A Theory of Belief and Social Manipulation
. In this
book I will argue that many beliefs serve a signaling function that
explains various cognitive biases and pro-social beliefs. I will also
apply the theory to self-deception and defend a non-intellectualist
theory of belief. The signaling function I advance generalizes to
other mental states and attitudes. I am working on a couple more
papers on self-deception and imagination.
I also am involved with a Templeton funded project
the philosophy and psychology of self-control.