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PhD

Current Research Interests

Papers & Manuscripts

My PhD topic is Laws in Social Science.

The thesis has two aims. Firstly, to understand why some social sciences, such as economics, have more purported examples of laws than, for example, anthropology.

I analyse this in terms of the vagueness of social science concepts, arguing, firstly, that some concepts are vaguer than others; and, secondly, that this vagueness affects the viability of formulating law-like generalisations.

The second aim of the thesis is to suggest types of behaviour that might yield law-like generalisations. I conclude that, while law-like generalisations are possible in the social sciences, these are only possible where behaviour is not fully intentional.

I am currently researching a number of topics in the philosophy of finance, including the relationship between asset prices and valuation methodologies, the assumptions of behavioural finance, and the application of physics to finance.

Papers

Jan 2015: Scientific Discovery in Finance at Scientific Discovery in the Social Sciences, London

July 2015: What’s the value of financial assets? at Understanding Value IV, Sheffield 

Oct 2015: Information in financial markets at Philosophy of Finance, Cambridge

Apr 2016: Counterfactuals. LSE Choice Group, London


Manuscripts

March 2016: The Methodology of Theories in Context: The Case of Economic Clustering. Co-authored with Prof Max Steuer. Forthcoming in ‘Approaches to Scientific Method: Pluralism versus Reductionism’ edited by W.J. Gonzalez

August 2016: Information in Financial Markets. Forthcoming in an edited volume published by Springer Synthese

PhD

My PhD topic is Laws in Social Science.

The thesis has two aims. Firstly, to understand why some social sciences, such as economics, have more purported examples of laws than, for example, anthropology.

I analyse this in terms of the vagueness of social science concepts, arguing, firstly, that some concepts are vaguer than others; and, secondly, that this vagueness affects the viability of formulating law-like generalisations.

The second aim of the thesis is to suggest types of behaviour that might yield law-like generalisations. I conclude that, while law-like generalisations are possible in the social sciences, these are only possible where behaviour is not fully intentional.

Current Research Interests

I am currently researching a number of topics in the philosophy of finance, including the relationship between asset prices and valuation methodologies, the assumptions of behavioural finance, and the application of physics to finance.

Papers & Manuscripts

Papers

Jan 2015: Scientific Discovery in Finance at Scientific Discovery in the Social Sciences, London

July 2015: What’s the value of financial assets? at Understanding Value IV, Sheffield 

Oct 2015: Information in financial markets at Philosophy of Finance, Cambridge

Apr 2016: Counterfactuals. LSE Choice Group, London


Manuscripts

March 2016: The Methodology of Theories in Context: The Case of Economic Clustering. Co-authored with Prof Max Steuer. Forthcoming in ‘Approaches to Scientific Method: Pluralism versus Reductionism’ edited by W.J. Gonzalez

August 2016: Information in Financial Markets. Forthcoming in an edited volume published by Springer Synthese