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Conner is a fourth-year graduate student working predominantly in the theory of normativity, construed broadly to include epistemology and meta-ethics. His MA thesis was a defense of the view that there are no normative reasons for emotions. His current dissertation project argues that our deliberative abilities play a central role in our normative lives and that this view has wide-ranging consequences for epistemology and ethics. He is also a Graduate Fellow in the Applied Epistemology Project, where he’s researching a cluster of questions involving epistemic blame/responsibility, moral reasons for belief, and evidential standards.
Before coming to UNC, Conner got his MLitt in philosophy from the University of St Andrews and his BA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.