I am a PhD candidate in the department of philosophy at NYU. My research focuses on metaphysics, the history of analytic philosophy and philosophy of language. Here is my CV. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My main interest in metaphysics concerns metaontology. I defend a view called "Ontological Expressivism", according to which ontological existence claims express noncognitive mental states. My main historical interest concerns Carnap, and especially his views on ontology and the character of philosophical problems. I argue that Carnap held a form of noncognitivism about ontology. In future research, I am especially interested in fleshing out certain metasemantic ideas that play a role in my work on Ontological Expressivism. See my research page for more information.
I am currently organizing a conference on The Foundations of Conceptual Engineering, which will take place at NYU on Sept 14 and 15, 2018, in collaboration with David Chalmers and members of the research project ConceptLab (Herman Cappelen and Andrew Peet). Here is the program.
Before coming to NYU, I studied at Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Pittsburgh, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling. I have also been a visiting student at MIT (Spring 16 and Spring 2017) and a visiting research fellow at ConceptLab, University of Oslo (Summer 2017 and Summer 2018).