Daniella Meehan

Daniella Meehan

Research Title

Moral Responsibility and the Vice of Ignorance

Research Summary

My primary research lies in the intersection between epistemology and ethics, specifically vice epistemology and epistemic responsibility. I am interested in the analysis of intellectual vices such as arrogance, closed-mindedness and dogmatism, and what it takes for people who possess these to be deemed blameworthy. My aim is to form a novel account of intellectual vice which argues that blame is a constitutive feature of vice, where blame is understood as a distinct form of epistemic blame. My research aims to show why a blame-centred account of vice offers important theoretical advantages others have overlooked, offering the first in-depth study on the relationship between vice and blame.

Outside of my research on vice epistemology, I am also interested in other areas of ‘non-ideal’ epistemology (epistemic injustice, epistemic rights and distrust), alongside political, applied and feminist epistemology. 

Publications

  • Carter, A. and Meehan, D. Forthcoming. 'Vicious Distrust'. Social Epistemology.  
  • Carter, A. and Meehan, D. Forthcoming. 'Trust, Distrust and Epistemic Injustice'. Educational Philosophy and Theory 
  • Meehan, D. Forthcoming. ‘Epistemic Vices and Epistemic Nudging: A Solution?’. In: Guy Axtell and Amiel Bernal, eds. Epistemic Paternalism. London: Palgrave-MacMillan. Ch. 16 
  • Carter, A. and Meehan, D. 2019. 'Vices of Distrust'. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 8(10), pp. 25-32 
  • Meehan, D. 2019.  'Is Epistemic Blame Distinct From Moral Blame?' Logos & Episteme, 10(2), pp. 183-194

Supervisors

Grants

  • Postgraduate Research Community Building & Public Engagement Funding, 2019 & 2020
  • University of Amsterdam Conference Grant,  2019
  • MIND, Analysis and SPA funding secured for conference 'Epistemic Norms, Functions and Virtues', University of Glasgow
  • Society Applied Philosophy Postgraduate Travel Award, 2019 
  • University of Glasgow Research Support Award, (February & June) 2019 
  • SIFA (Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy) Bursary - Urbino Summer School in Epistemology, 2019
  • McGlashan Charitable Trust Scholarship, 2018 
  • SUN Tuition Scholarship - Central European University Summer School in Philosophy, 2018 

Conference

2020

  • Blameworthy Vices, University of Glasgow, March

2019

  • Intellectual Vices and Epistemic Responsibility, University of Liverpool, Individual and Collective Vices, December (invited) 
  • Epistemic Nudging and Intellectual Vice, Political Philosophy Network II, Amsterdam, December
  • Epistemic Trust, Distrust and Vice, Virtues, Media and Democracy, University of Genoa, September
  • An Account of Epistemic Vice, University of Sheffield, July 
  • Public Philosophy, Coatbridge Library, April
  • Two Accounts of Epistemic Vice, University of Glasgow, May
  • Vices of the Mind (discussant-at-large) University of Nottingham, March (invited) 

2018

  • Is Epistemic Blame Distinct from Moral Blame?, Contemporary Issues Across Ethics and Epistemology Graduate Conference, University of Pavia, June

2017

  • Does Sarah Stroud’s Account of Epistemic Partiality Conflict with Evidentialism?, British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, University of Cambridge, July 2017 

2016

  • Effective Altruism and Utilitarianism, University of Sheffield, November 2016 (invited) 
  • An Introduction to Effective Altruism, University of York, October 2016

2015 

  • Intuitions about Moral Judgements: Experimental Philosophy, University of Manchester, December 2015 

Teaching

Level 1 (SCQF Level 7)

  • Philosophy 1A: How Should I Think? 
  • Philosophy 1B: How Should I Live?

Additional Information

Other Positions:

  • Exam Invigilator, University of Glasgow (2019)
  • Co-founder of the Philosophy Cafe, Coatbridge Library (ongoing)
  • Philosophy postgraduate research representative, University of Glasgow (2019)
  • President of Effective Altruism York (2015-16)
  • Research intern in Philosophy and Linguistics, University of East Anglia, (2015)  
  • Junior research assistant, Manchester Metropolitan University, (2014)

Affiliation:

  • Member of University of Glasgow’s epistemology research centre ‘COGITO’ 
  • Member of Glasgow Minorities and Philosophy