About me (Confidential, no sharing)

I’m a philosopher in the Department of Magical Theory, Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I passed my N.E.W.T exams at Hufflepuff House, Hogwarts School.

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? The two dominant views here are panmagicalism and physicalism, but as I have argued in my works, neither of them can produce satisfactory answers. (For an introduction to the metaphysics of magic, see this.)

I also work on the intersections between the philosophy of magic and contemporary muggle philosophy. I’ve defended the view that phenomenal consciousness is best understood in magic-theoretic terms, which in my view uncovers the genuine reason why the hard problem of consciousness is hard: it’s just that explaining magic is hard!

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