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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.

Work in Progress

1. Discordant knowing: a puzzle about insight in obsessive-compulsive disorder” (revise & resubmit, revisions in progress)

2. “Epistemic obligations to know” (submitted for review)

3. “Rationally evaluating ordinary worry” (draft in progress)

4. “What is epistemic anxiety?” (draft in progress)

Upcoming Presentations

1. “Epistemic obligations to know”
- Northwestern/Notre Dame Graduate Epistemology Conference (April 2019)
- Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference (May 2019)
- Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress (June 2019)

Recent Presentations

1. “The epistemology of anxious thought”
- Cognition and Psychopathology Lab, Ryerson University (Aug. 2018)

2. “Two puzzles about insight in obsessive-compulsive disorder"
- Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress (June 2018)