Education: Ph.D. and MA (UCLA), cand.mag. and BA (Copenhagen).
Research: I work mainly in epistemology and in the philosophy of mind. Indeed, I tend to work at the intersection of the two disciplines. I also do some work at the intersection between epistemology and philosophy of language. In particular, I criticize the linguistic motivations for anti-invariantist theories of knowledge. However, I also pursue a psychological defense of strict invariantism and, consequently, I work in cognitive psychology as well. In social epistemology, I have worked on the epistemology of testimony, including expert testimony. Moreover, I have interests in modal epistemology and its relationship to philosophical methodology. Finally, I investigate how empirical research in cognitive psychology bears on all of the above issues.
Supervision: I supervise in Danish or English at all levels in most of the subfields of epistemology and philosophy of mind. I can also supervise in philosophy of language, philosophy of science, cognitive psychology and metaphysics although I may well lack specialized knowledge in many subfields of these disciplines.
Selected publications:Gerken, M. and Brown, J. (eds.), "Knowledge Ascriptions" (2012) Oxford University Press.Gerken, M. "Critical Study of Goldberg's Relying on Others" in Episteme, (2012), 9.1, pp. 81-88.Gerken, M., "Discursive Justification and Skepticism" Synthese.
Gerken, M., "Epistemic Focal Bias" Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
Gerken, M., "Internalism and Externalism in the Epistemology of Testimony" forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
Gerken, M., "On the Cognitive Bases of Knowledge Ascriptions" forthcoming in Knowledge Ascriptions, (eds. J. Brown and M. Gerken), Oxford University Press.
- Gerken, M., "Univocal Reasoning and Inferential Presuppositions" forthcoming in Erkenntnis.
- Gerken, M., "Conceptual Equivocation and Warrant by Reasoning" Australasian Journal of Philosophy, (2011), Vol. 89, (3), pp. 381-400.
- Gerken, M., "Warrant and Action" Synthese, Vol. 178, No 3, (2011), pp. 529-47
- Gerken, M., "Conceptual Equivocation and Epistemic Relevance", dialectica, Vol. 63, No. 2, pp. 117-132, 2009.
- Gerken, M., "Is There a Simple Argument for Higher-Order Representation Theories of Awareness Consciousness?" Erkenntnis, Vol. 69, No. 2, (2008), pp. 243-59.
- Gerken, M., "Is internalism about knowledge consistent with content externalism?" Philosophia, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 87-96, 2008.
- Gerken, M., "A False Dilemma for Anti-Individualism" American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 329-242, 2007.
Non-academic interests: Traveling, music, football, photography.