About

 

ken_boyd-16-edit2I am currently Lecturer at the University of Toronto at Scarborough in the department of philosophy.

My research is primarily in epistemology, with an emphasis on issues in social epistemology. Currently I am interested in investigating what we can and cannot learn from one another via testimony, namely whether there is anything that we cannot or ought not come to know from others, and whether there is anything that we just have to figure out for ourselves. I’m also interested in questions concerning what we epistemically owe to each other, what it means to have understanding, and how the ways in which we are epistemically responsible affects the ways in which we are morally culpable.

I also have research interests in early analytic philosophy, and especially the work of the great American pragmatist C.S. Peirce. I am interested in Peirce’s notion of fallibilism, how he thought of epistemology as a normative discipline, and whether he had a theory of speech acts (I think he does).

I also co-run a Peirce blog, bake things, cat parent, lean casually (see above) and am generally considered to be the world’s best uncle.

You can contact me at kenneth (dot) boyd (at) gmail (dot) com.