Blakely L. Phillips                  Philosophy

My research is about how we identify our own sensations and emotions: how someone knows she is angry, jealous, in pain, or in love. Much contemporary work in self-knowledge ignores difficult cases--cases in which someone is ignorant of having a particular emotion, and cases in which she discovers either unexpectedly or effortfully that she does. I am interested in what these cases have to tell us about where our authority for our beliefs about our emotions comes from.

I am also interested in issues in Fregean philosophy of language, particularly in whether modes of presentation can help explain some cases of ignorance and discovery about emotions, and in how we can communicate thoughts involving perspectival modes of presentation.