Jordan Walters

I completed my Honours B.A. at the University of Guelph in April 2018 and enrolled in the M.A. program in Philosophy at Concordia University in September 2018. I wrote my undergraduate Honours thesis on a proposed neo-pragmatist solution to the Frege-Geach problem—a problem facing metaethical expressivists. That got me interested in various problems surrounding the intersection of philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaethics.

During the summer following my undergraduate studies I started reading more broadly in metaethics, metaphysics and epistemology. Since coming to Concordia, I have been interested in debunking arguments in metaethics and I am currently writing my major research paper on the topic. More precisely, I am interested in addressing the epistemic status of a variety of debunking arguments that target realism across a variety of domains: morality, mathematics, ordinary objects, religious belief, political authority, and more. As an extension of this, I am also interested in whether or not debunking arguments against a particular domain— (e.g., morality)—can remain targeted enough to resist overgeneralizing to other domains (e.g, logic). When I need some space from that project, I find myself reading all things Kant related and some of the contemporary literature in metametaphysics. I’m interested in debates about the nature of metaphysical grounding, and competing theories of metaphysical structure (e.g., Quinean vs. neo-Aristotelian). I wonder a lot about whether or not metaphysical questions have substantive answers or are just linguistic disputes. I’m also interested in current debates in philosophy of language; mainly debates between relativists, contextualists, and absolutists. And trying to answer some of the questions that crop up in that area has got me digging around the history of philosophy.