About me


I am currently a PhD student at The University of St Andrews. Patrick Greenough is my primary supervisor. During the PhD I have also worked for 4 months with Joelle Proust at Institut Jean Nicod (CNRS, ENS/EHESS, Paris) in 2016-17.

My PhD research has been funded by SASP and the Royal Institute of Philosophy. 

...and before:

My training prior to the PhD has mainly focused on Philosophy of Mind, Logic, and Philosophy of Language. As an undergraduate I was particularly interested in how the self arises; indexicality and de se perspective. I worked on these topics respectively with Simon Prosser (during an URIP research internship funded by the University of St Andrews); and Derek Ball alongside Ephraim Glick (for my final year dissertation which evaluated David Lewis argument that attitudes de dicto are essentially de se). I was really surprised but happy when my undergraduate dissertation  was awarded the Gray Prize for best undergraduate dissertation in Philosophy at St Andrews that year (2013).  

My MLitt with SASP was generously funded by The Philosophical Quarterly. 

Beyond the interests covered partly by my current thesis, I am also curious about (what I see as) some related questions. For example: how best to answer the normative question (why should we be moral and consequently, what is the best theory of morality)?  So for my MLitt dissertation (with distinction), I worked on Christine Korsgaard's thesis that ties our moral dimension to our development of a self with Sarah Broadie.

What my PhD thesis is about

I currently work on understanding the ties between belief and imagination, and am particularly interested in what those tell us about controlling beliefs (constraining our own, and shaping those of others) and indirectly action.