External Faculty Fellow
Joshua Schechter is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. His research ranges from epistemology, to the philosophy of logic and mathematics, to metaethics. Much of his current work focuses on explaining how it is that we have a priori knowledge – knowledge that is independent of our experience of the world around us. He is particularly interested in developing accounts of the justification of our a priori beliefs and of our reliability about a priori matters. One of Professor Schechter’s papers, “Rational Self-Doubt and the Failure of Closure,” was selected for the 2011 Philosophers’ Annual. He has also been the recipient of an NEH summer stipend and was a Visiting Fellow at New College, Oxford.
While at the Humanities Institute, Professor Schechter will be working on a book on the justification of our most basic patterns of reasoning. The book will develop the idea that basic patterns of reasoning are justified by virtue of their indispensability to the central projects of rationality – explanation, deliberation, planning, and self-evaluation. It will then examine how this account may be used to explain the justification of logic and deductive reasoning.