Thesis: Laws in social science

Supervisors: Prof. Jason McKenzie Alexander & Prof. Luc Bovens

Abstract: The thesis makes two claims. Firstly, that disagreement about the meaning of many concepts used in the social sciences, such as ‘poverty’ or ‘wellbeing’, is unlikely to be resolved because these concepts are Nomadic. The Nomadic framework enables social scientists to characterise the shifting and changing meanings of these concepts over time. Adopting this framework has implications for the ways in which such concepts are used in research. Secondly, the thesis seeks to explain why some social sciences, such as economics, have more purported examples of laws than, say, sociology. It argues that behaviour that is not fully intentional is more regular, and predictable, than behaviour that is fully intentional. 


Current Research

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.

Talks and 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


Mind the Gap: Ethics and the Financial Crisis: Forthcoming in Midwest Studies in Philosophy

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