I'm Canadian, by nationality. I was born and raised in Victoria, BC, Canada, which bears a striking resemblance to Charleston. This is one of many the reasons I chose to join the College of Charleston. I live with my beautiful husky named Dennett. I'm also an active athlete, competing primarily in badminton.
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Waterloo
M.A., Philosophy, Dalhousie University
B.A. (Honours with Distinction), Philosophy, University of Victoria
My primary research focuses on the relationship between knowledge and action. Specifically, much of my research currently focuses on the norms of assertion. I aim to explicate the epistemic dimensions of what we assert to each other, and the relevant norms potentially governing the practice. This work includes working on how to properly evaluate performances such as placing wagers, shooting an arrow, and making decisions. It also includes work on the nature of luck and its role in our evaluations of performances. In addition to a number of projects, I'm currently working on finishing my first book, which focuses on advancing my views on the norms of assertion.
I also work on a variety of issues in feminism and feminist philosophy, particularly issues relating to gender and queer identities. Some of my current work deals with problems that I see with allies and ally culture, and how these connect to gaslighting and epistemic injustice. I also work on issues arising from stereotype threat and attributional ambiguity for trans-identified women.
Honors and Awards
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Calgary
McKinnon. R. Norms of Assertion: Truth, Lies, and Warrant. Palgrave McMillan.
McKinnon, R. “Trans*formative Experiences.” Res Philosophica 92(2): 419-440.
McKinnon, R. and Doucet, M. “This Paper Took Too Long to Write: A Puzzle about Overcoming Weakness of Will.” Philosophical Psychology 28(1): 49-69.
McKinnon, R. “Propaganda, Lies, and Bullshit in Bioshock,” in Luke Cuddy (ed.), Bioshock and Philosophy, Blackwell Popular Culture and Philosophy series, pp. 107-113.
McKinnon, R. “Stereotype Threat and Attributional Ambiguity for Trans Women.” Hypatia 29(4): 857- 872.
McKinnon, R. “Lotteries, Knowledge, and Irrelevant Alternatives.” Dialogue, 52(3), pp. 523 - 549.
McKinnon, R.and Turri,J. “Irksome Assertions.” Philosophical Studies, 166(1), pp. 123 - 128.
McKinnon, R. and Simard Smith, P. “Sure the Emperor Has No Clothes, but You Shouldn’t Say That.” Philosophia, 41(3), pp. 825 - 829.
McKinnon, R. “Getting Luck Properly Under Control.” Metaphilosophy, 44(4), pp. 496 - 511.
McKinnon, R. “The Supportive Reasons Norm of Assertion.” American Philosophical Quarterly, 50(2), pp. 121 - 135.
McKinnon, R. “What I Learned in the Lunch Room about Assertion and Practical Reasoning.” Logos and Episteme: An International Journal of Epistemology, Vol 3(4), pp. 565 - 569.
McKinnon, R. “How Do You Know that `How Do You Know?’ Challenges a Speaker’s Knowledge?” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 93(1), pp. 65 - 83.
McKinnon, R. “Lotteries, Knowledge, and Practical Reasoning.” Logos and Episteme: An International Journal of Epistemology, Vol. 2(2), pp. 225 - 31.