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James Chase

Senior Lecturer, Philosophy

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Dr James Chase is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy & Gender Studies at the School of Humanities.  His research interests are in epistemology, philosophical logic and philosophical methodology.

Biography

James completed his doctorate at the Australian National University, and before joining the University of Tasmania he taught at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) and sessionally for Macquarie University and the ANU.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDNaturalized Justification and the Internalist ConstraintUniversity Australia2000
BA (Hons) University of QueenslandAustralia1994
LLB (Hons) University of QueenslandAustralia1992

Memberships

Professional practice

Australasian Association of Philosophy

Administrative expertise

Acting Head of School and Deputy Head of School Humanities over a number of years, Managing research projects.

Teaching

Epistemology, philosophy of mind, logic, philosophical logic, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, modal logic

Teaching expertise

James has designed and developed philosophy units in introductory metaphysics, introductory logic, modal logic, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, epistemology, and other core fields.  He has also designed curriculum for the philosophy major, in association with his colleagues.

Teaching responsibility

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Research Themes

James's research aligns to the University's research themes of Creativity, Culture and Society, and Data, Knowledge, and Decisions.  His research interests include the use of formal methods to study the logic of epistemic concepts (such as revisability or knowability), non-standard approaches to vagueness, and the methodology of analytic philosophy.

James's work in methodology has led him to research the history of analytic philosophy, and to explore the nature of the analytic/continental divide.  His interest in non-standard approaches to vagueness has led to the development of a new 'voting' model for understanding the semantics of statements involving vague predicates.  He is currently researching the ways in which structural problems in the characterisation of knowability claims can be mirrored by 'weaker' epistemic concepts, such as those involved in rational believability.

Collaboration

James has completed several research projects concerning the analytic/continental divide in philosophy with Professor Jack Reynolds, of Deakin University, occasionally involving researchers elsewhere in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Current projects

1. Extending knowability: the wider impact of Fitch's Paradox

James currently has an ARC Discovery grant application under review on this topic, in association with Professor JC Beall (UTas/U Connecticut) and Dr Penny Rush (UTas). The project aims to show that the reach of a well-known result in epistemic logic extends beyond knowledge, and will explore the impact of the paradox for our understanding of truth, reality, justification, warrant and rational belief, core concerns not only for philosophy but also for other fields of inquiry where questions of objectivity arise.

2. The methodology of analytic philosophy

Analytic philosophy is an epistemic institution, and faces challenges to its methods from the sciences (such as the experimental philosophy critique) and from European philosophy.  James is interested in local coherence-building methods in analytic philosophy, the implications they have for the study of normative systems (particularly moral theory and epistemology), and the way they might or might not fit within a naturalising approach to philosophy.

3. Voting and vagueness

James has recently explored the use of content externalism and social choice theory to improve the standard motivations for subvaluationism, and currently seeks to generalise the approach within a broadly pragmatic framework.

Fields of Research

  • Metaphysics (220309)
  • Epistemology (220304)
  • Logic (220308)
  • Philosophy of Mind (excl. Cognition) (220314)
  • Philosophical Psychology (incl. Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action) (220311)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Learning Sciences (130309)
  • History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science) (220206)
  • Environmental Sciences (059999)
  • History of Philosophy (220210)
  • Philosophy (220399)
  • Philosophy of Cognition (220312)
  • Ethical Theory (220305)
  • Philosophy of Specific Cultures (incl. Comparative Philosophy) (220316)
  • Phenomenology (220310)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies (970122)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Library and Archival Services (890302)
  • Defence (810199)
  • Social Ethics (950407)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Work and Institutional Development (940599)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences (970101)
  • Communication Across Languages and Culture (950201)
  • Religion and Ethics (950499)

Publications

James has published research on epistemology and philosophical logic in top quartile journals in philosophy, including Synthese, the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Analysis, and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and has published on the methodology of analytic philosophy in Analytic versus Continental: arguments on the methods and value of philosophy, a monograph co-authored with Professor Jack Reynolds (Deakin University), and in several edited collections.  Of his articles, most cited are 'Is externalism about content inconsistent with internalism about justification?', Australasian Journal of Philosophy 79 (2001) 227-246, and 'The non-probabilistic two envelope paradox', Analysis 62 (2002) 157-160.

James's professional activities relating to research include acting as an ongoing category editor (20th Century Philosophy) for the world's largest open access archive in philosophy, PhilPapers, as a referee for the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Australasian Journal of Philosophical Logic, International Journal for Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, and Synthese.

Total publications

15

Highlighted publications

(4 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2016Journal ArticleChase JK, 'Voting and vagueness', Synthese: an international journal for epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science, 193 pp. 2453-2468. ISSN 0039-7857 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11229-015-0859-1 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Journal ArticleChase JK, 'The logic of Quinean revisability', Synthese, 184, (3) pp. 357-373. ISSN 1573-0964 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11229-010-9819-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

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2011BookChase J, Reynolds J, 'Analytic versus continental: arguments on the methods and value of philosophy', Acumen, Durham, UK, pp. 294. ISBN 978-1-84465-244-0 (2011) [Authored Research Book]

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2002Journal ArticleChase JK, 'The non-probabilistic two envelope paradox', Analysis, 62, (2) pp. 157-160. ISSN 0003-2638 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8284.00349 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 6

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Journal Article

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Chase J, Rush P, 'Factivity, consistency and knowability', Synthese, 195, (2) pp. 899-918. ISSN 0039-7857 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11229-016-1253-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Rush P

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2016Chase JK, 'Voting and vagueness', Synthese: an international journal for epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science, 193 pp. 2453-2468. ISSN 0039-7857 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11229-015-0859-1 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Chase JK, 'The logic of Quinean revisability', Synthese, 184, (3) pp. 357-373. ISSN 1573-0964 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11229-010-9819-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

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2004Chase JK, 'Indicator Reliabilism', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 69, (1) pp. 115-137. ISSN 0031-8205 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2004.tb00386.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 4

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2002Chase JK, 'The non-probabilistic two envelope paradox', Analysis, 62, (2) pp. 157-160. ISSN 0003-2638 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8284.00349 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 6

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2001Chase JK, 'Is externalism about content inconsistent with internalism about justification?', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 79, (2) pp. 227-246. ISSN 0004-8402 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/713659224 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 9

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Chase J, Reynolds J, 'Analytic versus continental: arguments on the methods and value of philosophy', Acumen, Durham, UK, pp. 294. ISBN 978-1-84465-244-0 (2011) [Authored Research Book]

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2010Reynolds J, Chase JK, Williams J, Mares E, 'Postanalytic and metacontinental: crossing philosophical divides', Continuum, London, pp. 255. ISBN 9780826424419 (2010) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Chase J, Reynolds J, 'Russell, Ryle, and phenomenology: An alternative parsing of the ways', Analytic philosophy: an interpretive history, Routledge, A Preston (ed), London, pp. 52-69. ISBN 9781138800786 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Reynolds J

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2010Chase J, Reynolds J, 'The fate of transcendental reasoning in contemporary philosophy', Postanalytic and metacontinental: crossing philosophical divides, Continuum, Jack Reynolds, James Chase, James Williams and Edwin Mares (ed), London, pp. 27-52. ISBN 9780826424419 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010Chase JK, 'Analytic Philosophy and Dialogic Conservatism', Postanalytic and metacontinental: crossing philosophical divides, Continuum, Jack Reynolds, James Chase, James Williams and Edwin Mares (ed), London, pp. 85-104. ISBN 9780826424419 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010Duke G, Walsh E, Chase JK, Reynolds J, ''Postanalytic' Philosophy: Overcoming the Divide? ', Postanalytic and metacontinental: crossing philosophical divides, Continuum, Jack Reynolds, James Chase, James Williams and Edwin Mares (ed), London, pp. 7-24. ISBN 9780826424419 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010Reynolds J, Chase JK, Williams J, Mares E, 'Introduction: Postanalytic and Metacontinental Philosophy', Postanalytic and metacontinental: crossing philosophical divides, Continuum, Jack Reynolds, James Chase, James Williams and Edwin Mares (ed), London, pp. 1-6. ISBN 9780826424419 (2010) [Other Book Chapter]

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Chase J, 'J. Adam Carter, Metaepistemology and Relativism, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 298pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137336637', Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, (1st May) pp. 1-2. (2017) [Review Single Work]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2007Chase JK, 'Popper and Military Theory: Background and assessment of the cantos of Reid and Giffin', [report], Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Department of Defence (2007) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Grants & Funding

James is the lead CI on the current ARC Discovery grant application DP160100068 (Extending Knowability: the wider impact of Fitch's Paradox), with Professor JC Beall (UTAS/U Connecticut) and Dr Penny Rush (UTAS) as fellow CIs.  From 2008-2010 he held ARC Discovery grant DP0879821 (Analytic and Continental: Arguments on the Methods and Value of Philosophy), in conjunction with Dr Jack Reynolds (LaTrobe University), Professor James Williams (University of Dundee, UK) and Professor Edwin Mares (VUW, New Zealand).

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$250,823

Projects

What is knowable in science and elsewhere? A cross-disciplinary approach to distinguishing science from scientism. (2018)$10,455
Description
The ongoing public debate around anthropogenic climate change makes one thing clear: scientists can have a hard time getting their message across to the public. Various explanations have been given for the lack of public acceptance of the reality of anthropogenic climate changefrom individual biases to manipulation of the media by those with vested interests. In this project, we will explore the hypothesis that: scientists have trouble communicating their findings to the public due to many members of the public having overly simplistic understandings of the nature of natural science. In particular, for example, we are interested in the apparently paradoxical idea that such resistance by the public can be the result of Scientisman excessive or dogmatic belief in the power of scientific knowledge and techniques. Those who view science this way may hold scientific discussion to an unrealistically high standard, and when a theory inevitably falls short of this standard (e.g. when there is seen to be disagreement among experts on climate change), the theory is dismissed as unsettled or a result of bad science. Alternatively, scientific claims may be dismissed as presumptuous or arrogant.In this project a multidisciplinary team will:1.Provide epistemic insights through the exploration of what is knowable in science from a cross-disciplinary perspective.2.Gather baseline data about:(i) the extent to which academic staff teachers, and cohorts of students from across disciplines, understand the nature and process of science;(ii) any correlations between overly simplistic understandings of science and dismissive attitudes towards particular theories, and/or the scientific enterprise in general.This is a pilot for a larger study which will gather a larger data set, and test the effectiveness of one or more interventions that will be designed to aid in the development of a more sophisticated view of science.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,455)
Scheme
Grant - CALE Hothouse Alignment Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fraser SP; Chase JK; Coady DA; Corry RL; Hinds M; Konkes C; Wood G; Seen AJ
Year
2018
Analytic and Continental: Arguments on the Methods and Value of Philosophy (2008 - 2010)$213,368
Funding
Australian Research Council ($213,368)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
La Trobe University
Research Team
Reynolds J; Chase JK
Period
2008 - 2010
Grant Reference
DP0879821
Popper and Military Theory: Background and Assessment of the Cantos of Reid and Giffin (2006)$15,000
Funding
Defence Science and Technology Group ($15,000)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Chase JK
Year
2006
Conceptual Structure in Ethics and Epistemology (2005)$12,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($12,000)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Chase JK; Coady DA
Year
2005

Research Supervision

James has supervised PhD and MA students to completion on topics in philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and metaphysics, and currently supervises on the topics of evolutionary consciousness, the nature of truth in fiction, and intergenerational justice. His own research interests are focussed primarily in epistemology and philosophical logic, and in particular in the use of epistemic logics to gain insight into epistemological matters.

Current

5

Completed

5

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDLanguage, Thought and Intersubjectivity2013
MastersDescribing Inter-generational Justice in an Australian and Tasmanian Context: Expanding social understanding of intergenerational justice philosophy is far more than intergenerational accounting2015
PhDShapeless Things: TheIintersection of Literary and Philosophical Inquiry2015
PhDPolitics, Democracy and Applied Epistemology: A Defence of Ways of Knowing with Regards to Politics2016
PhDThe Development of a Conceptual and Pedagogical Model for Teaching Justice, as a Skilled Practice, to School Students2018

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDDisposition Ascriptions as Suppositions
Candidate: Tony John Kerr
2018
PhDExperience, Reality and Representation: On the implications of a maximally non-deflationary phenomenal realism
Candidate: Jason Peter Whatley
2015
PhDBeyond Beliefs: A Philosophical Examination of Anomalous Phenomena and Explanation Theory
Candidate: Hannah Blanch Jenkins
2007
PhDThe Fine-Tuning of the Universe: A Philosophical Analysis
Candidate: Graham John Wood
2005
MastersA Philosophical Interpretation of Judea Pearl's Theory of Causality
Candidate: Joel Stafford
2005