Department of Philosophy
University of Warwick
Social Sciences Building
Coventry, CV4 7AL,
Phone: +44 (0) 2476 575 449
Hi. I'm a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick on an interdisciplinary AHRC project: 'Time: Between Metaphysics and Psychology', led by Christoph Hoerl and Teresa McCormack.
It is often assumed that our experience of time provides intuitive support for metaphysical views according to which time passes. The project aims to determine whether empirical work actually bears this out—or whether aspects of our experience of time might actually favour accounts that deny passage. My current work explores how asymmetries in how we value future and past events might be explained in causal terms, and how these asymmetries contribute to our sense of a fixed past and an open future.
My work more generally explores how features of agents can be used to pick out objective scientific relations, explain their temporal features, and reconcile them with the picture of the world presented by fundamental physics. I completed a Philosophy PhD at Columbia University with a dissertation entitled A Deliberative Account of Causation. Here I argued we should make sense of causation by thinking about its relevance for decision-making. In 2016-2017 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, where my work explored reductive accounts of chance, and the relations between counterfactuals, evidence and causation in the context of time travel.
You can find abstracts of my work (research), details of courses I've been involved with (teaching) and my CV. You can also find the guide to applying to graduate programs I wrote in 2010 (revised 2016). I'm also an editor and contributor to Science Visions, the Philosophy of Science Association's Women's Caucus blog.