Avery Archer
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© 2009, Avery Archer
I am Associate Professor of Philosophy at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Although a US citizen by birth, I grew up on the beautiful sun-kissed island of Tobago (of which I am also a citizen). I earned a B.A. from the University of the Southern Caribbean in Trinidad, an M.A. from Harvard University, an M.Phil. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. My research lies at the intersection of epistemology, philosophy of mind, and moral psychology.  Specifically, I am interested in the similarities and differences between theoretical attitudes and reasoning, on the one hand, and practical attitudes and reasoning, on the other.  To this end, my central working hypotheses is that the most notable differences between the theoretical and practical spheres is closely connected to the absence of a normative analogue to the attitude of agnosticism in the practical sphere.  My recent work, including a forthcoming monograph by Cambridge University Press, is concerned with offering a positive account of the attitude of agnosticism and defending the thesis that there is no practical counterpart to said attitude.



Department of Philosophy​
The George Washington University 
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