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 dissertation is focused on the epistemology of self-knowledge. In particular, I am currently thinking and writing about the putatively tight relationship between 'privileged' or 'authoritative' self-knowledge of one's propositional attitudes and one's status as a rational agent. Specific research questions include: to what extent must an agent know her mental states in order to semantically express them? Does knowing one's own mind involve having ontologically distinct higher-order beliefs about one's lower level mental states? Is having privileged self-knowledge cognitively indispensable, instrumentally valuable, or neither? You can read a short abstract of my dissertation here.
I have also sometimes dabbled in metaethics. In recently published work I argue that it is not indispensable to our conception of epistemic norms that we also treat them as moral norms. The result, I contend, is that one way of appealing to epistemic realism as a means of justifying moral realism fails.