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Research at St Andrews

Jessica Anne Brown


Jessica Anne Brown
Postal address:
School of Philosophical
Anthropological & Film Studies
Edgecliffe, 5 The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462477

Research overview

Prof Brown’s main areas of research are epistemology, responsibility, and philosophical methodology.

Within epistemology, she works on our knowledge of our own minds and our ability to reason, as well as closure and transmission of knowledge and warrant, scepticism, fallibilism vs infallibilism, evidence, defeat, the debate between contextualism and invariantism, the epistemic norms of assertion and practical reasoning, blameworthy belief, epistemic blame, group belief and action. Within responsibility, Prof Brown is interested in both epistemic and moral responsibility, blame for beliefs and actions, as well as the moral responsibility of groups and how it relates to the moral responsibility of group members. Within philosophical methodology, Prof Brown is interested in a range of methodological issues including the nature of philosophy (it’s subject matter and evidence); the role of ordinary language, linguistics and conceptual analysis in philosophy, thought experiment; intuition; and, sources of scepticism about philosophy (disagreement, evolutionary debunking worries, experiment philosophy).

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