Philosophy is my field of study. For the last decade or so, I’ve been working on issues in ethics, political philosophy, and the history of normative thought.
In the pages of this portfolio you’ll find information about me and my philosophical interests - about who I am, what I have done, what I hope to do, and how you can get in touch with me, if you’d like to know more.
I work on the link between morality and freedom. I do so by:
Areas of specialization
Areas of Competence
I present and defend negative perfectionism: the position that justice requires that we avoid designs of the basic structure of society that promote objectively bad human living.
In this essay I use the political theory of Hugo Grotius to present and discuss the pull and the problems of philosophical libertarianism.
In this essay I try to solve the problem for Kantian autonomy that the wicked are both free and not free.
This class is about how we human beings ought to relate to our environment – to animals, plants, species, the climate, ecosystems, Earth.
A class where we study whether and how perfectionism, which appears to license the grossest sorts of paternalism, can be compatible with the commitment to freedom that is at the core of liberal democracy?
In this essay I discuss a powerful challenge to high-liberalism by neoclassical liberals: that the high-liberal assumptions and values imply that the full range of economic liberties are basic rights.