Blakely L. Phillips                  Philosophy

My research is about how we know what we want. Much contemporary work in self-knowledge ignores difficult cases--cases in which someone does not know what she wants, and cases in which she discovers either unexpectedly or effortfully what it is that she does want. I think examining the ways in which we get our desires wrong can tell us what happens when we can and do get them right.

I am also interested in extending virtue-theoretic approaches to epistemology to self-knowledge, and in the nature and role of desire and Buddhist philosophy. Additional interests: knowing-how and philosophy of language.