My name is Ben Winokur. I earned my B.A with joint honours in philosophy and peace and conflict studies from the University of Waterloo in 2013. I received my M.A in philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014. I am now a Ph.D candidate in philosophy at York University in Toronto.


My foremost research specialization is the epistemology of self-knowledge. In particular, I think and write about whether, how, and to what extent we can possess 'privileged' or 'authoritative' knowledge of our own mental states. Such knowledge, according many to philosophers, is knowledge that is acquired in a way that is only available to the subject herself, or that is especially epistemically secure relative to other kinds of knowledge, or that is uniquely expressive of one's rational agency. You can read a short abstract of my dissertation in progress here.

I also have wider interests in epistemology.  These include interests in various kinds of epistemological skepticism, social epistemology,  and epistemic normativity (especially as it relates to other kinds of normativity).

Please see my CV if you are interested in learning more about my academic background. Please see my contact information if you are interested in discussing philosophy with me!

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