My Ph.D. research was in epistemology – mainly on the relation of knowledge and certainty, the limits of doubt, and the later Wittgenstein. After that, my research interests changed and are now mostly in the philosophy of mind and psychiatry.
In the metaphysics of mind my work has focused on elucidating the concept of a brute fact and the role that brute facts play in emergentism. In a nutshell, my contention is that a naturalist ought to be an emergentist about the mind. Though naturalism about the mind has been typically associated with some kind of physicalism and thus some form of reductionism, it seems to me that given the primacy of empirical evidence that should be the core of a naturalist view, a naturalist should be open to different commitments.
I am also interested in what mental disorders can tell us about the nature of the mind as well as what kind of explanatory approach is needed to address mental disorders effectively. My work in this field defends the need for an anti-reductionist explanatory pluralism which I believe is the best way to understand mental disorders. In terms of the metaphysics of mental disorders I defend a view of mental disorders that focuses on their processual nature within a historical and sociocultural context. I have also done some work on rationality in which I defend a continuity thesis that, again, draws attention to the context in which judgements of irrationality are made.
Beyond these main research interests I am also interested in metaphilosophy and animal ethics. In 2020 Philosophy By Women, an anthology I edited and wrote an introduction for, was published by Routledge; this is a book about the nature and importance of philosophy that comprises essays exclusively by women contributors. In 2020 my first book in Greek was also published entitled Animal and Us (Τα Ζώα και Εμείς).
Bringing philosophical thinking to the general public is something I always try to do (regrettably sometimes to the despair of my friends) so I make it a point to contribute as much as I can to non-academic projects related to philosophy – including occasionally blogging for Psychology Today and Scientific American Mind and, prior to that, having a regular column in the Greek philosophy magazine Cogito.