My current research resides in the fields of epistemology and the philosophy of psychology. I have also published papers in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, and on David Hume and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

I am currently writing a book on motivated reasoning (cognitive dissonance, rationalization, self-deception, etc.) and, in particular, on the role it plays in especially intelligent, reflective, and sincere thinkers.  All considerations point to the conclusion that its role is substantial and consequential, and cannot be ignored.

I also direct the Center for Public Philosophy at UC Santa Cruz, which I founded in November 2015.  To learn about some of the work we're doing in high schools, watch the documentary short by the filmmaker Jay Shapiro.  Read about all five of the Center's programs at