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Samuel Ruhmkorff

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email Send Email office Dewey Hall 101 phone (413) 585–3649

Office Hours:
Monday and Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and by appointment.

I am intrigued by questions about what we have evidence to believe and what we have the right to believe, especially in the domains of science and religion. Recently, I have written critically about the claim that we should not believe our best scientific theories because there are likely plausible contenders to these theories that have not yet been conceived. I have also critiqued the argument that those committed to the exclusive truth of their own religion presume without evidence that they are in a better position to know the truth than people of other faiths. I am also interested in general constraints on the rationality of belief. I have published recently on the cable guy paradox. On my view, this paradox sheds light on the claim that our beliefs should be consistent with what we take to be our future beliefs.

My teaching is inspired by my research and interest in a wide range of philosophical topics in epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, ethics, and logic. Currently, I live on Twin Earth, which is just like Earth, except there is no sleep.