Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Laura Candiotto

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Laura Candiotto is Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh where she is carrying on the EU-funded project “Emotions First. Feeling Reasons: the role of emotions in reasoning” ( Before coming to Edinburgh she was Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Philosophy at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She works in the field of philosophy of emotions, merging her interests in the history of philosophy (mainly Ancient Philosophy) with contemporary issues arising from social epistemology and the cognitive sciences. In particular, her research deals with the 4E cognition and the epistemic role of emotions in group knowledge. Since more than ten years she is engaged in the promotions of critical dialogue and other philosophical practices in educative settings and, thus, another venue of her research deals with the epistemic aims of education.

Dr Casey McCoy

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Casey McCoy Casey McCoy is a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh on the ERC-funded Perspectival Realism: Science, Knowledge, and Truth From a Human Vantage Point project ( His research falls primarily within the philosophy of science and the philosophy of physics, and he has written on topics including inflationary cosmology, fine-tuning problems in physics, and the interpretation of statistical mechanics.

Dr Mog Stapleton

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Mog Stapleton Mog Stapleton is Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh working on the Philosophy, Science, and Religion Project ( Before coming to Edinburgh she held postdoctoral positions in the Philosophy of Neuroscience Group at the University of Tübingen, the Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme at the University of Macau, and the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart. Her research is concerned with embodied and enactive approaches to the affective and cognitive sciences.

Dr Lani Watson

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Lani Watson Lani Watson is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the role that the practice of questioning, and the intellectual virtues of curiosity and inquisitiveness, play in everyday life - in social, political, and educational contexts. Her current project aims to develop and pilot a technology designed to help students ask better questions in the classroom. Questioning is an essential skill for gathering information and for engaging in democratic processes and institutions, such as the media. Yet schools and universities place little emphasis on the ability to ask good questions, and focus instead on the ability to answer. Can we improve questioning in the classroom, through technology, and, if so, what are the educational and societal benefits of doing so. The research combines applied epistemology and educational theory with experimental philosophy and psycholinguistics. For more on the project, visit

Previous Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Adam Carter

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Adam Carter Adam Carter is Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh working on the AHRC Extended Knowledge Project ( Before coming to Edinburgh he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Eindhoven University of Technology, Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast, and post-doctoral Research Fellow in Epistemology, University of Geneva. He is interested in epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, relativism, philosophy of science and bioethics.

Dr Ian Church

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Ian Church is Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and Principal Investigator on the IH MOOC project at Eidyn. He finished his PhD in the St Andrews-Stirling Joint Programme in Philosophy in 2012. His dissertation focused on virtue epistemology and the analysis of knowledge, and his current research includes work on intellectual virtues, the Gettier Problem, epistemic luck, fallibilism, disagreement, the interface between epistemology and ethics, non-reductive models of knowledge, intuitions, religious epistemology, philosophy of psychology, and cognitive science. Prior to his PhD, Ian did his MLitt in philosophy in the St Andrews-Stirling Joint Programme and his BA in philosophy and rhetoric & composition English at Ball State University. His hobbies include chess, travel, literature, ichthyology, and LEGOs (thanks to his kids). Ian is a co-author (with Dr. Peter Samuelson) of Intellectual Humility: An Introduction to the Philosophy and Science (Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming) and the editor of The Routledge Handbook of Theories of Luck (Routledge, forthcoming).

Dr Emma Gordon

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Emma Gordon Emma Gordon was a Research Fellow on the Intellectual Humility project at the University of Edinburgh ( Her work mainly focuses on epistemology and bioethics, and her research interests include intellectual virtues, norms of assertion, emerging enhancement technologies, and the nature of understanding. She is now a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

Dr Orestis Palermos

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Orestis Palermos was a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh working on the AHRC Extended Knowledge Project ( His research is concerned with the intersection of epistemology and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. He is now a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff.

Dr Sam Wilkinson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Sam Wilkinson Dr. Sam Wilkinson is a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, working on the ERC-funded project, Expecting Ourselves: Embodied Prediction and the Construction of Conscious Experience (X-SPECT). He completed his PhD, which was on the nature of delusions, at Edinburgh in May 2013. He has since been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Durham University, working on a large Wellcome Trust-funded project (Hearing the Voice) where he has been using predictive processing to make sense of the phenomenon of hearing voices. He plans to apply predictive processing to the cognition of language, other minds, and to the phenomenon of inner speech. Other research interests include the influence of emotion on perception, and the way in which predictive processing can shed light on the nature and phenomenology of conscious perceptual experience.