Harmony is currently a Doctoral student in Philosophy at Western University. He received his B.A (Hons.) at the University of Victoria. He is interested in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, and in Epistemology. In Mind and Cognitive science, Harmony is interested in empirically-oriented theories of consciousness, ones that are nevertheless committed to the causal role of mental states. In Epistemology, Harmony is interested in the status of intuitions—broadly speaking, in the intersections between the role of intuitions in theories of knowledge and theories of mental states.
Regarding empirically-oriented theories of consciousness, I am interested in the relations between neurological states and mental states, and how (organization of) the former can give rise to phenomenal experience. In Epistemology of the Mind, I first take it as a truism that we intuit that we have minds. As such, I am interested in the following questions: what is the nature of intuitions such that it leads the mind to knowledge about itself and the world? Why is it that the mind intuits that it knows itself and the external world, first, before perhaps being convinced otherwise? To what extent is this process cognitive—or, if not, to what extent does it inform our cognitive life?