Most of my current research focuses on the concept of causation. This work falls into several categories:
Actual Causation: Inter-disciplinary work has led to development of new causal modeling techniques. This work has largely ignored the notion of 'actual causation,' which is central to moral and legal responsibility. I have been working on accounts of actual causation from within the causal modeling framework.
Causal and Moral Judgment: There is evidence suggesting that our moral evaluations can influence our causal judgments. But parallel effects occur in cases that do not have any moral component. I am exploring the consequences of these finding for our understanding of causation.
Causal Learning: I am currently involved in an interdisciplinary collaborative project, sponsored by the McDonnell foundation, exploring the nature of causal learning.
In addition to my work on causation, I have been working off and on and a number of other projects in the philosophy of science.
Historical Linguistics: I have been examining the logic of certain probabilistic methods for inferring common ancestry among languages.
Epistemic Probability: I have been addressing a number of puzzles that arise from the use of probability to model partial beliefs.
Model Selection: I have been studying the connection between the statistical problem of model selection and other problems in philosophy of science, particularly the role of prediction in theory confirmation.
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