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Mr Benjamin Paget-Woods 

Postgraduate Research Student

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I am currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy under the co-supervision of Southampton and Reading. I previously received a BA in Philosophy from the former institution before completing the BPhil at Oxford University. My master’s thesis was on epistemology, specifically the debate between Epistemic Contextualism and Epistemic Invariantism. My current research is looking at the role of intuitions in that debate. I will be aiming to answer three questions. First, do contextualists rely on intuitions as evidence for their thesis and, if so, what kind of intuitions, and whose? Second, what evidentiary value, if any, do those particular intuitions have? Third, are contextualists’ empirical claims about the contents of those intuitions correct? This project is being supported by a grant from the AHRC.

Research interests

Epistemology (especially scepticism and self-knowledge, in particular where those overlap), Metaphilosophy (especially to do with the role of intuitions in philosophical arguments), Experimental Philosophy (X-Phi), Existentialism (especially Heidegger and Nietzsche).

I will be teaching part of the ‘knowledge and mind’ course next semester.

Mr Benjamin Paget-Woods
Student Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number: 65

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