My recent research has been mainly in formal epistemology. In recent papers, I have pursued a research programme that I call epistemic utility theory. The strategy is to appeal to the notion of purely epistemic value as well as to the techniques of rational choice theory to provide novel and purely epistemic justifications for a range of epistemic norms. So far, I have considered the norms of Probabilism, Conditionalization, Jeffrey Conditionalization, the Principle of Indifference, and the Principal Principle.
I have a second research interest in the philosophy of mathematics, where I defend a variety of anti-platonist positions, such as eliminativist structuralism and instrumental nominalism.
Richard grew up near Edinburgh, but moved to Oxford in 1999 to study for BA in Mathematics and Philosophy, which he obtained in 2003. After that, he moved to Bristol, where he read for an MA in Philosophy (2004) and PhD in Mathematical Logic (2008). In 2008, he took up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship for three years, before becoming a permanent Lecturer in the philosophy department in 2011, a Reader in 2012, and Professor of Philosophy in 2014.
Richard has taught a wide range of courses:
In 2014/15, he will teach Death, Dying, and Disease.
He founded the Formal Methods Seminar for graduate students each year, which still runs.
Together with Tom Sperlinger, he created the Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities in 2013.
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