Prof Jessica Brown


Researcher profile

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Research areas

Epistemology, moral and epistemic responsibility, philosophical methodology

Prof Brown’s main areas of research are epistemology, responsibility, and philosophical methodology.

Within epistemology, she works on a wide range of issues concerning both individual and group epistemology, including evidence, knowledge, justification and defeat, the closure and transmission of knowledge and warrant, fallibilism vs infallibilism, contextualism vs invariantism, scepticism, the epistemic norms of assertion and practical reasoning, blameworthy belief, epistemic blame.

Within responsibility, Prof Brown is interested in both epistemic and moral responsibility as it affects both individuals and groups. She is currently writing a book on group epistemology and responsibility.

Within philosophical methodology, Prof Brown is interested in a range of methodological issues including the nature of philosophy (it’s subject matter and evidence); the role of ordinary language, linguistics and conceptual analysis in philosophy; thought experiments and intuitions; and, sources of scepticism about philosophy (disagreement, evolutionary debunking worries, experiment philosophy).

PhD supervision

  • Nick Kuespert
  • Victor Tamburini
  • Nathan Bray
  • Lara Maassen
  • Daniel Garibay Garcia
  • Patrick Winther-Larsen
  • Lara Scheibli
  • Amiya Hashkes

Selected publications

  • Open access

    Group motivation

    Brown, J., 23 May 2022, In: Noûs. 56, 2, p. 494-510 17 p., 12366.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    What is epistemic blame?

    Brown, J., 20 May 2020, In: Noûs. 54, 2, p. 389-407

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Fallibilism: evidence and knowledge

    Brown, J., 12 Apr 2018, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 197 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Intuitions, evidence and hopefulness

    Brown, J. A., 2013, In: Synthese. 190, 12, p. 2021-2046 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Group belief and direction of fit

    Brown, J. A., 1 Nov 2023, In: Philosophical Studies. 180, p. 3161-3178 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


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