What am I working on / Who am I?

What am I working on?

October 2022

I’ve just published this paper in Frontiers in Psychology examining the enactivist approach to cognition and its claims to be the harbinger of a radical paradigm shift for the cognitive sciences. It might (myself and my co-author Nick Brancazio argue) be better thought of as a new kind of interdisciplinary project – a philosophy of nature. More (critical?) commentaries on the enactive approach are in the pipeline.

I’m also currently in isolation in sunny Guangzhou! Another step on the long road to (also sunny, but cold?) Beijing.

Who am I?

I’m a philosopher of science working as a research fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where I completed my dissertation (accessible here) last year under the supervision of Dr. Patrick McGivern.

Starting in 2022, I’ll be beginning my term as a distinguished postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIP) in Beijing.

My work to date studies the nature and role of scientific explanation in the special sciences, engaging with the renaissance of dynamical systems research within systems biology, neuroscience and psychology. It builds an alternative account of dynamical explanation suited to investigating cognitive and biological phenomena where mechanistic models are occasionally insufficient.

My research has been published in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Biology & Philosophy, and Phenomenology & the Cognitive Sciences.

You can also find me and my research on Academia, PhilPeople, and Google Scholar.

Keywords: Philosophy of science; philosophy of biology; philosophy of cognitive science; dynamical systems explanations; mechanistic explanation; enactivism.