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I am completing my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. I expect to finish my dissertation in May 2018. I did my A.B. in Philosophy at Harvard.

I work in philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of literature.

In my dissertation, Knowing Yourself Is Something You Do, I explain the authority and value of self-knowledge by developing several new kinds of epistemic explanation rooted in agency. I show how control can play the role of justification in self-attribution of attitudes. I use the metaphysics of mental action to dissolve a puzzle about apparent inference from world to mind. And I demonstrate that the special value of self-knowledge is neither instrumental nor intrinsic, but emblematic: you want to have the kind of mind that can be robustly known in a distinctively first-personal way.

In further research, I examine the relationship between literature and the first-personal perspective.

I write short fiction as well as philosophy. I like crossword puzzles and escape-the-room games. I run (slowly) and play tennis (with redeeming enthusiasm). 

peacocke@berkeley.edu - CVDepartment Profile - PhilPapersAcademia.edu