My main research is currently organized around three areas.
My main interest in philosophy of biology is uncovering what fundamental evolutionary tells us about the shape of evolutionary history. Are we heading in any direction, and if we are is this direction itself just an accident of history? Specific topics I have worked on include contingency, natural selection, the environment, and evolutionary trends.
2. Human Evolution and Ethics
How are we part of biological evolution? And how is biological evolution part of us? The first question, grounded on my work in evolutionary history, has led me to inquire about the nature of human success. Many anthropologists share the intuition that we are remarkably successful, but is this anthropocentric? What does ‘success’ even mean?
The second question has led me primarily to ethical questions. I am sceptical of certain forms of moral realism, and believe that what we know about human evolution does truly undermine those views. I am also interested in human enhancement, and understanding with more precision how this has played and continues to play a role in human evolution.
3. General Philosophy of Science
Inspired by my work in philosophy of biology, I have been searching to draw out the broader implications of the complexity and historicity of systems for how we think about causation and explanation. This has led me to emphasise the role of narrativity and pragmatics in scientific explanation, and to seek (partial) impossibility results for received views such as the interventionist model of causal explanation, or D-N explanation.
I am also interested in how we should conceive of science as a profession, and how it is distinguished from other professions, especially with regard to incompetence and misconduct.