I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Philosophy & Artificial Intelligence Research (PAIR) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) in Germany. In Spring 2023, I completed my doctorate in philosophy with doctoral minors in neuroscience and cognitive science at the University of Arizona under the co-supervision of Sara Aronowitz and Mark Timmons.
I specialise in (a) the general philosophy of science, (b) the philosophy of neuroscience & cognitive science, and (c) the philosophy of artificial intelligence. My research focuses on mechanistic explanation, functional analysis, and experimental design. In particular, I draw on detailed, technical case studies from neuroscience, psychology, and machine learning to explore (a) how artificial intelligence can facilitate functional analysis, (b) how functional analysis can progress into comprehensive mechanistic explanation, and (c) how experimental design can facilitate this progress through the strategic provision of relevant empirical information.
A recurring theme in my work is that objective normative standards are indispensable to scientific inquiry because they direct us to explain success and failure in different ways. Persistent disagreements about these norms are responsible for the Great Rationality Debate in the sciences of judgment and decision-making (as well as for recent debates about reasoning in large language models), so I draw many of my case studies from this literature.