In 2006 I graduated from the University of St Andrews. As a PhD student I was an active member of the Arche Research Centre. My PhD entitled “Context Principle and Implicit Definitions” discusses topics in the philosophy of mathematics, epistemology and ontology.
From 2005-7, I was a PostDoctoral Fellow at Arché (St Andrews). The post was funded by a Leverhulme Research Price awarded to Crispin Wright, Marcus Rossberg and myself to produce a full translation of Frege’s Grundgesetze. This project is now finished and the translation is available with Oxford University Press. See www.frege.info
Since September 2007, I have been working at the University of Stirling, Scotland: I started as a Lecturer and in August 2012 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer.
From 2009-15 I was a Fellow of the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen and from 2011-17 I was an Associate Editor of Erkenntnis.
My main research interests are:
Epistemology (traditional and formal), Philosophy of Mathematics and History of Early Analytic Philosophy.
I work on a number of aspects in epistemology, in particular topics at the intersection of traditional and formal epistemology with a focus on epistemic rationality. I also work on different notions of risk and study intuitive risk judgements.
In the philosophy of mathematics, I work on aspects of Logicism, Neo-Logicism and Abstractionism more generally.
My interests in the history of early analytic philosophy, is focused mainly on the philosophy of Gottlob Frege. www.frege.info
Other interests in applied philosophy:
I work on the philosophy of gratuitous risk taking (epistemology and ethics) and the use of nudges for behavioural change for policy and business.
Ebert P (2019) Bayesian reasoning in avalanche terrain: a theoretical investigation. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 19 (1), pp. 84-95. https://doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2018.1508356.
Ebert P (2018) A Bayesian Perspective on Avalanche Decision-Making and the Relevance of Stability tests. In: International Snow Science Workshop Proceedings 2018, Innsbruck, Austria. ISSW 2018: International Snow Science Workshop, 07.10.2018-12.10.2018. Innsbruck: Montana State University, pp. 1334-1338. http://arc.lib.montana.edu/snow-science/item.php?id=2768
Ebert P (2016) A framework for implicit definitions and the a priori. In: Ebert PA, Rossberg M (ed.). Abstractionism: Essays in the Philosophy of Mathematics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 133-160.
Ebert P (2015) Book review of: Richard G. Heck Jr. Reading Frege's Grundgesetze. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-19-923370-0 (hbk); 978-0-19-874437-5 (pbk); 978-0-19-165535-7 (pdf). Pp. xvii + 296, Philosophia Mathematica, 23 (2), pp. 289-293.
Ebert P & Photopoulou T (2013) Bayes' beacon: avalanche prediction, competence and evidence for competence. Modelling the effect of competent and incompetent predictions of highly improbable events In: Proceedings, 2013 International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW), Grenoble, France. International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) Proceedings. International Snow Science Workshop 2013, Grenoble, France, 07.10.2013-11.10.2013. Grenoble, France: Montana State University, pp. 363-370. http://arc.lib.montana.edu/snow-science/item.php?id=1817.
Ebert P (2011) Book review of: Guillermo E. Rosado Haddock. A Critical Introduction to the Philosophy of Gottlob Frege. Aldershot, Hampshire, and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing, 2006. ISBN 978-0-7546-5471-1. Pp. x+157 , Philosophia Mathematica, 19 (3), pp. 363-367.
Ebert P (2010) Book review of: Carrie S. Jenkins, Grounding concepts, an empirical basis for arithmetical knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2008, 304 pp, ISBN 978-0199231577 , Metascience, 19 (2), pp. 217-220.
Ebert P & Robertson S (2010) Mountaineering and the Value of Self-Sufficiency. In: Allhoff F & Schmid SE (eds.) Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone: Because It's There. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 93-105. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444334867,descCd-description.html.
Ebert P & Rossberg M (2009) Ed Zalta's version of Neo-Logicism -- a friendly letter of complaint. In: Hieke A, Leitgeb H (ed.). Reduction, Abstraction, Analysis. Publications of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 11, Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, pp. 305-310.
Cook RT & Ebert P (2004) Book review of: The Limits of Abstraction, Kit Fine, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2002, pp.216. ISBN 9780191567261, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 55 (4), pp. 791-800.