Richard received his BA in Political Science with a minor in philosophy from Columbus State University in 2008, his MA in philosophy from the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 2011, and his PhD in philosophy from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 2016. He specializes in the philosophy of the social sciences, the philosophy of economics, and the philosophy of biology. He also has a strong background in ethical theory, particularly political philosophy and questions about egaliatarian justice.
Richard's work is focused on questions about the interpretation and justification of theories in the social sciences. He is currently reading about work in "Econophysics", the part of economics that draws on physics to create models of stock market behavior. He has also taught courses in the overlap between economic theory and ethical theory where students engage with questions about the moral limits of free markets, the limits of economic explanation, and global justice.
For more information about Richard, feel free to visit his website.
BA Political Science
- Philosophy of the Social Sciences
- Philosophy of Economics
- Philosophy of Biology
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- “Is Social Ontology Prior to Social Scientific Methodology?” Forthcoming in Philosophy of the Social Sciences, June 2019 (PUBLICATION)
- “Predictive Success and Non-Individualist Models in Social Science” Philosophy of the Social Sciences Vol. 47 Issue 2, March 2017. (PUBLICATION)
- “Econophysics and the Heuristic Role of Social Ontology” 2019 Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable; Burlington, Vermont April 12-14 2019.
- “Construct Validity and the Possibility of Scientific Social Ontology” 26th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association; Seattle, Washington November 1st-4th 2018.
- “Is Social Ontology Prior to Social Scientific Methodology?” The 3rd Joint Meeting of the European Network for the Philosophy of Social Sciences and Roundtable for the Philosophy of Social Science; Hannover, Germany August 29th-September 1st, 2018.
- “Scientific Social Ontology? Objecting to Kincaid on the Existence of Social Classes” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting; San Diego, California March 28th- April 1st, 2018.
- “Is Understanding Factive? Responding to the Objection from Scientific Idealizations” American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting; Baltimore, Maryland January 4-7th 2017.
- “Microfoundations in Strategy and Explanatory Reductionism” (with André Ariew and Randy Westgren) 5th Annual Meeting of the European Network for the Philosophy of Social Science; Helsinki, Finland August 24-26th 2016.
- “Predictive Success and Non-Individualist Models in Social Science” 2016 Roundtable for the Philosophy of Social Science; Tampa, Florida March 11-13th 2016.
- “Explanation for the Cognitively Bounded: Psychology and the Pragmatics of Explanation” 40th Annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference; Memphis, Tennessee February 19-20 2016.
- “Acceptance, Belief, and the Factivity of Understanding” 35th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Philosophical Society; Pittsburg, Kansas February 13th 2016.
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