I am a 5+1 postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
My main area of research is philosophical logic.
You can reach me at: bmiddlet[at]nd[dot]edu.
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Binary Kripke Semantics for a Strong Logic for Naive Truth
Review of Symbolic Logic (forthcoming)I show that the logic TJK+, one of the strongest logics currently known to support the naive theory of truth, is obtained from the Kripke semantics for constant domain intuitionistic logic by (i) dropping the requirement that the accessibility relation is reflexive and (ii) only allowing reflexive worlds to serve as counterexamples to logical consequence. In addition, I provide a simplified natural deduction system for TJK+, in which a restricted form of conditional proof is used to establish conditionals.
Measuring Absolute Velocity (w/ Sebastian Murgueitio Ramirez)
Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2020)We argue that Robertsâ€™s argument for the thesis that absolute velocity is not measurable in a Newtonian world is unsound, because it depends on an analysis of measurement that is not extensionally adequate. We propose an alternative analysis of measurement, one that is extensionally adequate and entails that absolute velocity is measured in at least one Newtonian world. If our analysis is correct, then this Newtonian world is a counterexample to the widely endorsed thesis that if a property varies under the symmetries of a theory then, according to that theory, the property could not be measured. Thus, our paper shows that the debate over the measurability of symmetry-variant properties is more unsettled than previously supposed.
A Canonical Model for Constant Domain Basic First-Order Logic
Studia Logica (2020)I build a canonical model for constant domain basic first-order logic (BQLCD), the constant domain first-order extension of Visser's basic propositional logic, and use the canonical model to verify that BQLCD satisfies the disjunction and existence properties.