Dr Allan Hazlett
Dr Hazlett received his PhD from Brown University in 2006, and has taught at Texas Tech University, Fordham University, and the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded the 2007 Rutgers Young Epistemologist Prize, and since 2012 has served as the Secretary of the Scots Philosophical Association. Dr Hazlett is the author of A Luxury of the Understanding: On the Value of True Belief (Oxford University press, 2013) and A Critical Introduction to Skepticism (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). He works on (among other things) the value of accurate representation, the pragmatics of knowledge attributions, the nature of fiction, and issues in social epistemology.
In 2013/14, Dr Hazlett will organize Knowledge and Reality (2nd-year) and Epistemology 2 (MSc). He can supervise dissertations (MA, MSc) in several areas, including epistemology.
His lectures on testimony appear as part of Edinburgh's Massive Open Online Course Introduction to Philosophy.
In the past he's taught Themes in Epistemology and Scepticism, as well as other courses in epistemology, metaphysics, moral psychology, logic, early modern philosophy, and aesthetics.
Dr Hazlett's research is currently funded by an AHRC Early Career Fellowship on Intellectual Virtue and the Good Life: Ethical and Epistemic Values. He works on questions like these:
- In what way, if any, is accurate represenation (e.g. true belief) valuable?
- What are "intellectual virtues," and in what sense, if any, is it good to be intellectually virtuous?
- What is authenticity, and in what sense, if any, is it good to be authentic?
- What does it mean for something to be "epistemically" valuable?
- What are the metaphysical "sources" of moral, epistemic, and aesthetic normativity? What explains, if anything, the exitence of value and reasons (in these domains)?
- What's the relationship between questions about the semantics, pragmatics, and genealogy of normative language and metaphysical questions about the existence of value and reasons?
- A Critical Introduction to Skepticism (Bloomsbury, 2014).
- A Luxury of the Understanding: On the Value of True Belief (Oxford University Press, 2013).
- The Gettier Problem at 50, special issue of Philosophical Studies (forthcoming).
- New Waves in Metaphysics (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010).
- "Authenticity and Self-Knowledge" (with Simon D. Feldman), dialectica 67(2) (2013), pp. 157-81.
- "What's Bad About Bad Faith?" (with Simon D. Feldman), European Journal of Philosophy 21(1) (2013), pp. 50-73.
- "Higher-Order Epistemic Attitudes and Intellectual Humility," Episteme 9(3) (2012), pp. 205-23.
- "Non-Moral Evil," Midwest Studies in Philosophy 36 (2012), pp. 18-34.
- "The Myth of Factive Verbs," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 80(3) (2010), pp. 497-522.
- "Knowledge and Conversation," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 78(3) (2009), pp. 591-620.
- "Entitlement and Mutually Recognized Reasonable Disagreement," Episteme.
- "Moorean Pragmatics," in N.L.L. Pedersen and P. Graham (eds.), New Essays on Entitlement (Oxford University Press).
- "Epistemic Goods," in G. Fletcher (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Being (Routledge).
- "Expressivism and Convention-Relativism about Epistemic Discourse," in A. Fairweather and O. Flanagan (eds.), Naturalizing Epistemic Virtue (Cambridge University Press).
- "Intellectual Loyalty," International Journal for the Study of Skepticism, special issue on “Hinge Epistemology,” edited by A. Coliva and D. Moyal-Sharrock.
Work in progress
- "Limning Structure as an Epistemic Goal"
- "Belief and Truth, Desire and Goodness"
- "Multi-Peer Disagreement and the Preface Paradox" (with Kenneth Boyce)
Work in preparation
- "Preferring Non-Testimonial Belief is a Social Virtue
- "Truthfulness without Truth"
- "Mitigated Skepticism is a Social Virtue"
- "Two Concepts of Intellectual Virtue"
- "Authenticity as an Intellectual Virtue"
- "Ambivalence and the Inconsistency of the Good" (with Simon D. Feldman)
- "Knowledge Attributions as Social Comparisons"
- "Epistemic Criticism: Vindicated or Debunked?"
Dr Hazlett's CV (pdf).
- Course Organiser for Knowledge and Reality
- Secretary (Scots Philosophical Association)
- Deputy Postgraduate Advisor for Research (Philosophy)