In my research, I’m interested in the epistemology of uncertain beliefs, the connection between epistemology and other normative theories, the foundations of statistics, social epistemology, decision theory, modal logic, and the philosophy of mathematics. I have run research projects on epistemic utility theory and the scientific approach to epistemology. See Research link above. I have been interviewed about my research at 3AM, Imperfect Cognitions, and The Reasoner.
I lecture and lead seminars in the philosophy department on everything from Kant’s first Critique, formal epistemology, and logic to philosophy of religion and philosophy of death and illness. For lecture slides and course notes, see Teaching.
I’ve been involved in a number of initiatives to support philosophers from groups that are currently under-represented in the discipline. Here I am with Havi Carel, talking about implicit bias at TEDxUniversityofBristol:
Over the past four years, I have been heavily involved in developing and running the University of Bristol’s new Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities. This is a one-year introduction to arts and humanities that prepares students for an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts (see Who are universities for?). Hear some of the students from the first cohort talking about their experience of the programme here:
I blog a little over at M-Phi, a blog dedicated to mathematical philosophy.
I’m involved in some other organizations and activities. For information about these, see Other.
And see my photos from holidays in South Africa, Croatia, Australia, south-west USA, Scotland, New Zealand, Russia, and Italy on Flickr.
My father, Graham Pettigrew, is a retired professor of biochemistry at University of Edinburgh. He has published his teaching materials here.