I was working on a PhD in mathematics, focusing on set theory, when I encountered the philosophical puzzle of mathematical truth and undecidability: what should we say about the truth of statements of set theory that cannot be proved or disproved from the standard axioms? Wondering about this, I turned my attention to philosophy, and my interest in mathematical truth grew into an interest in the nature of truth and justification more generally. I did my Philosophy PhD at the University of California, Irvine, in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, and wrote a dissertation on truth, supervised by Penelope Maddy.
Since then my interests have broadened, and my work now engages a wide range of topics. Research in moral reasoning, prompted partly by Ruth Marcus’s work on moral conflict and dilemmas, resulted in a body of work discussing moral reasoning and value pluralism, including my 2015 book on that subject. Around the time of the financial crisis in 2008, with economic models much in the news, I became interested in philosophy of economics as a domain that involves both normative issues and topics in philosophy of applied mathematics.
I’ve also written on sexual objectification, autonomy, rationality, ambivalence, desires, theories of truth and justification, epistemology, and philosophy of mathematics.
I enjoy non-scholarly writing as well, and though I now post only occasionally, you can check out some reflections at my blog, The Kramer Is Now: Accidental Philosopher Encounters Modern Life.
I’ve been at the University of Waterloo since 2004. Before that, I was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford University, and a few years ago I spent a semester as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Philosophy Department of the University of Michigan. In 2011 I won an award from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada for my project “Moral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World;” my book on that subject was published with McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2015.
You can read more about my work at my research page.
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