Current research

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Shannon Dea is currently researching the connections that Peirce discerned among Spinoza, Berkeley and Kant, and the clues that these connections give us about Peirce’s distinctive doctrine of pragmaticism.
In a related project, I am working on metaphysical synechism – the view that the universe is at bottom continuous rather than discrete – and its applications in ethics...

Dave DeVidi's current research is on issues raised by the question of whether there is any interesting and non-trivial sense in which it is true that there can be more than one correct mathematics. This was a natural outgrowth of my earlier interest in the question of logical pluralism...

Mathieu Doucet is particularly interested in the normative aspects of moral psychology. That is to say, I am interested in understanding the ways that a person’s desires, beliefs, motives, intentions, emotions, deliberations, and dispositions—in sum, their practical rationality—can be assessed as either morally worthy or as liable to moral criticism...

Heather Douglas is focusing on the interface between science and policy, including the use of science in policy-making and policies for science. Examination of these areas sharpens our general understanding of the nature of science.  For example,  I have argued that the value-free ideal for science is an inadequate ideal, for both epistemic and moral reasons arising from the importance of science for policy-making...

Chris Eliasmith is currently director of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, and head of the Computational Neuroscience Research Group (CNRG) in that Centre. My recent work focuses on integrating neural and psychological explanations of behaviour, theories of meaning, and mental representation...

Carla Fehr works in the areas of socially relevant philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and feminist epistemology. Her research examines the social nature of scientific research. Simply put, she argues that diversity promotes excellence. Scientific communities that include members from a diversity of social and material locations, and members who hold different theoretical perspectives, facilitate research that is more creative, more rigorous, and better able to meet the needs of a wide range of publics and policy makers, than homogeneous scientific communities...

Tim Kenyon is currently working on a few interrelated issues. One is the epistemology of testimony, and the epistemic implications of taking seriously the psychological, pragmatic, social and contextual details of how testimony is given and received. Another is the ethics of language use, including the use of so-called "politically correct" language, and the interpretation of coerced speech, in light of measurable harms that some kinds of language use can produce...

Chris Lowry's current research concerns two connected topics. First, I have written on issues at the intersection of egalitarianism and bioethics. For instance, “Perfectionism for Neutralists” examines efforts to remedy shortcomings in Rawls’s theory concerning justice and disability...

Patricia Marino's current research project is a book tentatively titled Moral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World. Central to many views of moral reasoning is the idea of moral coherence. But the way we value seems more “pluralistic” than coherent — we care about various things, in various ways, to varying degrees...

Brian Orend is putting the finishing touches on On War: A Dialogue. This will be an introduction to military ethics, and the philosophy of war, written in the style of a Platonic dialogue. I am enjoying stretching my writing skills in this regard...

Paul Thagard is working on a book on applying the cognitive sciences to the social sciences. Smaller projects include the nature of the self and intention...

John Turri's current reseach in epistemology: the nature of knowledge, epistemic norms (of action, speech acts, and belief), epistemic value, the Gettier problem, virtue epistemology, skepticism, contextualism and invariantism, pragmatic encroachment, the a priori, reliabilism, infinitism, foundationalism, disjunctivism, externalism, epistemic reasons, intuitions, the epistemic basing relation, know-how...

Steven Weinstein is currently working on multiple time dimensions, causality and determinism in relativistic classical and quantum physics, and the arrow of time...