I am a philosopher at the University of Edinburgh. I work on scattered topics mostly in decision theory, philosophy of language, formal epistemology, metaphysics, and logic.

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Email: wo@umsu.de
Office: DSB 6.02, 3 Charles St, Edinburgh EH89AD, UK
Office hours: Thursday 3-4pm

Courses 2020–2021

  • Mind, Matter, and Language (Autumn 2020)
  • Logic 2: Modal Logic (Autumn 2020)
  • Epistemology (Autumn 2020)
  • Advanced Epistemology (Spring 2021)

Recent Drafts

  • Lewis's Empiricism Local PDF
    Lewis's models of knowledge and belief don't allow for a priori enquiry. I like these models. But then what is going on when we do metaphysics (or maths)?
  • Evidentialism and Conservatism in Bayesian Epistemology Local PDF
    I show that in a variety of scenarios, including the Sleeping Beauty problem, there is tension between the "evidentialist" norm that one should proportion one's beliefs to the evidence and the "conservative" norm that one should only changes one's beliefs for good reasons. I argue that we should jettison the evidentialist norm.
  • Belief, Desire, and Rational Choice Local PDF
    A philosophical introduction to decision theory, with digressions into Bayesian epistemology and value theory.

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Latest Publications

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