About Me (Confidential)
My research centers on the philosophy of magic. I’m primarily interested in its metaphysics: What really is magic? Is magic reducible to (muggle-)physical terms? What give(s) rise to magical abilities—physiology, wands, and/or social relations—and how? Unfortunately, at the present time we do not have any good answer to those questions, and I have argued that neither of the two dominant views in the field (i.e., panmagicalism and physicalism) are unsuccessful. (For an introduction to the metaphysics of magic, see this.)
I also work on the intersection between the philosophy of magic and contemporary muggle philosophy. I have argued that phenomenal consciousness is best understood in magic-theoretic terms, so the reason the hard problem of consciousness is hard is really due to the difficulty of explaining magic.
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