Papers in metaphysics and philosophy of physics

Chance and context (with Alastair Wilson). In Wilson (ed), Chance and Temporal Asymmetry (OUP, 2014)

Dispositions, manifestations, and causal structure. In Marmodoro (ed), The Metaphysics of Powers (Routledge, 2010)

The metaphysics of dispositions and causes. In Dispositions and Causes (OUP, 2009)

Humean Dispositionalism, Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2008)

Dispositions, Rules, and Finks (with Alexander Bird), Philosophical Studies (2008)

Unfinkable dispositions, Synthese (2008)

The metaphysics of causal models: Where's the biff? (with Charles Twardy, Kevin Korb, and Graham Oppy), Erkenntnis (2008)

Armstrong and the modal inversion of dispositions. The Philosophical Quarterly (2005)

Lange on essentialism, counterfactuals, and explanation. Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2005)

Counterlegals and necessary laws. The Philosophical Quarterly (2004)

Dispositional essentialism and the possibility of a law-abiding miracle. The Philosophical Quarterly (2001)

Papers in moral, legal, and political philosophy

Climate change, cooperation, and moral bioenhancement (with Pei-hua Huang and Robert Simpson). Journal of Medical Ethics (2016) [preprint] [fulltext]

Essentially comparative value does not threaten transitivity. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy (2016)

Victims, vectors, and villains: Are those who opt out of vaccination morally responsible for the deaths of others? (with Zeb Jamrozik and Michael Selgelid). Journal of Medical Ethics (forthcoming)

Humanitarian intervention and the modern state system (with Patrick Emerton). In Lazar & Frowe (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Ethics of War (OUP, forthcoming)

Genealogical explanations of chance and morals. In Leibowitz & Sinclair (eds), Explanation in Ethics and Mathematics (OUP, 2016)

Rational choice and the transitivity of betterness. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2014)

Decision theory for agents with incomplete preferences (with Adam Bales and Daniel Cohen). Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2014)

Understanding the political defensive privilege (with Patrick Emerton). In Fabre & Lazar (eds), The Morality of Defensive War (OUP, 2014)

Absent desires, Utilitas (2011)

Rational capacities, resolve, and weakness of will (with Daniel Cohen), Mind (2011)

Order and affray: Defensive privileges in warfare (with Patrick Emerton), Philosophy and Public Affairs (2009)

Finking Frankfurt (with Daniel Cohen), Philosophical Studies (2007)

Is the risk–liability thesis compatible with negligence law? (with Trevor Pisciotta), Legal Theory (2005)

Nozick, prohibition, and no-fault motor insurance, Journal of Applied Philosophy (2003)


A Philosophical Guide to Chance, Cambridge University Press, 2012

(Reviews: NDPR, The Philosophical Quarterly, Metascience, Contemporary Physics)

Dispositions and Causes, (edited collection), Oxford University Press, 2009


Philosophy research networks (Erdös numbers for philosophers)


Some of my collaborators:


Decision theory for agents with incomplete preferences. Presentation at Frontiers of Rationality conference, Groningen 2012. Video. Handout.

Incomparable values and decision. Handout from a presentation at MIT (2012)

Evolution and realism about chance. Links to: audio (mp3) and handout. This is a talk based on the final chapter of my book, A Philosophical Guide to Chance. The recording is from the 2011 Summer Causation Workshop, hosted by the Centre for Time at University of Sydney.

Other writings

Laws of nature. In A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand (2010)

Using peer instruction to teach philosophy, logic and critical thinking (with Sam Butchart and Greg Restall), Teaching Philosophy (2009)