My dissertation is called Knowledge and Anxious Thought. Its aim is to understand the epistemology of anxious thought, focusing in particular on the epistemology of worry (both ordinary and pathological) as well as the sort of intrusive, obsessive thought characteristic of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The dissertation has three broad tasks. The first task is primarily a project in philosophical psychology; its aim is to achieve a descriptive understanding of the epistemological machinery that underlies both pathological and non-pathological anxious thinking. The second task is a project in normative epistemology; its aim is to offer a way of distinguishing the epistemically permissible anxious thinking from the epistemically prohibited. The third task is a project in extracting lessons from the study of anxiety with respect to more traditional issues in epistemology, such as skeptical and skeptical-like thinking, and epistemic obligations.

Papers in Progress

1. “Discordant knowing: a puzzle about insight in obsessive-compulsive disorder”

2. “Epistemic obligations to know”

3. “Inquiring does not entail suspending”

4. “Rationally evaluating ordinary worry”

5. “What is epistemic anxiety?”

Recent Presentations

1. “Epistemic obligations to know”
- Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress (June 2019)

2. “Epistemic obligations to know”
- Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference (May 2019)

2. “Epistemic obligations to know”
- Northwestern/Notre Dame Graduate Epistemology Conference (April 2019)