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I'm an Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. I'm also a fellow at St John's College. 


My core areas of research are philosophy of mind, epistemology, and philosophy of psychology. I also enjoy thinking and writing about philosophy of psychiatry.  

For the 2022-2023 academic year I will be on research leave funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, and writing a book that offers a normative framework for attention and salience. The book is under contract with OUP. 

Some of my research is in philosophy of perception. I'm currently working on a paper that argues that visual objects are bundles of modal properties. In the past I've written about the ways in which visual experience extends through and develops over time, and about perceptual uncertainty. 

I also work on bias: when is something a bias, and when is it just a case of legitimately learning from experience? Must problematic biases always involve false or unjustified beliefs? What can we learn from bias about the limits of epistemic evaluation? I'm particularly interested at the moment in figuring out how we can epistemically evaluate the ways in which we order information in terms of relevance. Related to that I have a paper forthcoming at Inquiry about the epistemology of search engines.

I like to do philosophy by talking to other people, so if you're working on any of those questions and want to discuss them, get in touch... 

Before coming to Cambridge in 2018 as a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, I was a Bersoff  Faculty Fellow at NYU for the 2017-2018 academic year. Before that, I completed my PhD at Yale University, and a BPhil in philosophy and a BA in classics and philosophy, both at Oxford University. I have also spent time undertaking legal training, and legal research focusing on capital punishment in Sub-Saharan Africa. 




Email: jm2200[at]cam[dot]ac[dot]uk

Twitter: @alabalawhiskey

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