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Mike Deigan

Mike Deigan


Epistemology, philosophy of language, ethics

I completed my PhD at Yale University in 2020. I am now a postdoc at Rutgers University and a Fellow at the Centre of Human Abilities for the summer.

I have worked primarily on philosophy of language, ethics, and epistemology. My current focus is on developing an epistemology of concepts, where by 'concept' I just mean one's ability to grasp some content(s). Through exploration, experimentation, communication, and reasoning, one can come to have abilities to have attitudes towards contents that were previously inaccessible. Such abilities may also become more limited, degrade, and disappear. Questions about what one should believe are a familiar and central part of normative epistemology. I'm exploring parallel questions about what concepts one should have.

During my stay at the Centre for Human Abilities this summer, I'd like to develop an account of how concept possession comes in degrees and how this relates to concept learning. I also want to think through some issues concerning the normative evaluation of abilities in general and how these apply to concepts in particular.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation