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I am a Faculty Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. I received my Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in 2012 and have since taught at Virginia Tech and UNC Chapel Hill.
About My Work
Many of us think, or at least hope, that it matters whether we live our lives one way versus another, that there is some answer to the practical question of what to do. That question serves as the linchpin of my research, spurring projects in metaethics concerning the nature of practical truth, as well as how we can talk, think and know about it; projects in metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of language branching from those metaethical concerns; and projects in normative ethics and applied ethics—often at the intersection of business ethics and political philosophy—regarding the answers to particular practical questions. I also have an ongoing collaborative project in the experimental philosophy of moral responsibility.
An overview of my dissertation written with non-philosophers in mind.
The Department of Health and Human Services is considering an amendment to the National Organ Transplant Act that would effectively make it illegal to compensate donors of bone marrow stem cells collected through a process similar to blood donation, just as it is illegal to compensate for such cells collected directly from the bone marrow (through a much more invasive and painful procedure). My friend and colleague, Peter Jaworski put together an open letter to the HHS arguing against this amendment, which I and several other ethicists signed. I also helped edit the letter and put together the website.
A free management service for confidential letters of recommendation (est. November 2016).
A flowchart of metaethical positions. I created it in Fall 2012 for a metaethics graduate seminar I was teaching at Virginia Tech. I posted it and got some helpful feedback from the folks over at PEA Soup. Some people have told me they find it useful, so I'm leaving a copy here.
A blog dedicated to philosophy, ethics and academia. It was founded by Dan Boisvert, Joshua Glasgow, Douglas Portmore and David Shoemaker in 2004 and is currently edited by David Shoemaker and David Sobel. I have been a contributor since May 2012.
A website dedicated to helping philosophers learn from each other's publishing experiences (est. July 2013).
A prospectus for Populus, a curated archive and a new kind of journal for work in philosophy, with a committment to transparent, crowd-sourced peer review. This project is in the early stages of development.
A Twitter feed cataloguing (mostly) unlikely and (hopefully) funny philosophical positions (est. May 2012).
A puzzle I co-authored in summer 2002.
A webcomic I wrote in college (and briefly in graduate school).
An audio recording (MP3) of a tribute I offered at R. G. Frey's memorial service in April 2013. Ray was a philosopher at BGSU for 26 years; he passed away in 2012.
Areas of Specialization
Metaethics, Normative Ethics, Applied Ethics (esp. Business Ethics)
Areas of Competence
Epistemology, Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Technology, Social and Political Philosophy
Faculty Fellow, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, 2015-
Research Assistant Professor, PPE and Parr Center Fellow, UNC Chapel Hill, 2014-2015
Visiting Lecturer and Parr Center Fellow, UNC Chapel Hill, 2013-2014
Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, 2012-2013
Adjunct Faculty, Bowling Green State University, 2011-2012
Ph.D., Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2012
M.A., Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2007
B.A. High Honors, Philosophy, Rutgers College, Rutgers University, 2004
Ethical Judgment and Motivation, with Tristram McPherson, forthcoming in Routledge Handbook of Metaethics.
On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity, forthcoming in Oxford Studies in Metaethics.
Review of Moral Psychology & Human Agency: Philosophical Essays on the Science of Ethics, edited by Justin D'Arms and Daniel Jacobson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015.
A Hard Look at Moral Perception, Philosophical Studies 172(8), 2055-2072, 2015.
Huck vs. JoJo: Moral Ignorance and the (A)symmetry of Praise and Blame, with David Shoemaker, in Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy, edited by Tania Lombrozo, Joshua Knobe and Shaun Nichols, 7-27, Oxford University Press, 2014.
To Inspect and Make Safe: On the Morally Responsible Liability of Property Owners, with Peter Martin Jaworski, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17(4), 697-709, 2014.
Do Property Rights Presuppose Scarcity? Journal of Business Ethics 125(3), 531-537, 2014.
Brown on Mackie: Echoes of the Lottery Paradox, Philosophia 41(3), 751-755, 2013.
Review of David Enoch's Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism, The Journal of Value Inquiry 46(2), 259-267, 2012.
First-Personal Authority and the Normativity of Rationality, with Christian Coons, Philosophia 38(4), 733-740, 2010.
Insanity, Deep Selves, and Moral Responsibility: The Case of JoJo, with David Shoemaker, Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1(3), 319-332, 2010.
Heroes and the Ethics of Time Travel: Does the Present Matter? in Heroes and Philosophy, edited by David Kyle Johson and William Irwin, 140-154, Wiley, 2009.
Revise and Resubmit
“Allowing the Wrong, to Bring About the Good,” Business Ethics Quarterly
“Good Selves, True Selves” (with David Shoemaker), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
“Gettier in Action: Comparing Practical and Epistemic Success”
“Non-Naturalism and the ‘Third-Factor’ Gambit” (with Aaron Elliott)
“On Withholding as an Epistemic Default”
Presentations & Commentaries
Commentary on Jonathan Simon’s “Moral Perception High and Low,” Invited Symposium on Moral Perception, APA Pacific Division Meeting, Seattle, WA, April 14, 2017
“Non-Naturalism and the ‘Third-Factor’ Gambit,” with Aaron Elliott, Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 14, 2016
“Knowledge, Necessity and Defeat,” Moral and Political Philosophy Research Seminar, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, June 6, 2016
“Allowing the Wrong, to Bring About the Good,” Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics Faculty Workshop, Washington, DC, March 18, 2016
“On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity,” Chapel Hill Metaethics Workshop, Chapel Hill, NC, October 30, 2015
“Knowledge, Necessity and Defeat,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 7, 2015
“True Selves, Good Selves: Attributability and Normative Perspective,” with David Shoemaker, Experimental Philosophy of the Self, NYU Center for Bioethics, New York, NY, December 13, 2014
“On the Necessary Existence of God-minus,” with Christina Van Dyke, Southern Evangelical Seminary, Matthews, NC, November 17, 2014
“Non-Naturalism and the Conceptual Necessity of Supervenience,” Virginia Tech Philosophy Department Colloquium Series, Blacksburg, VA, October 17, 2014
“A Hard Look at Moral Perception,” PPE Workshop, Chapel Hill, NC, August 30, 2014
Commentary on Adam Lerner's “Prudence, Perdurance, and the Separateness of Persons,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 9, 2014
“On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity,” Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Bellingham, WA, August 5, 2014
Commentary on Derek Baker's "\“Intuitions about Disagreement Do Not Support the Normativity of Meaning,” APA Pacific Division Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 19, 2014
“On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity,” North Carolina Philosophical Society Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, February 22, 2014
“On Leaving Room for Doubt: A (Somewhat) New Semantic Problem for Expressivism,” Visiting Professor Workshop, Chapel Hill, NC, August 17, 2013
“A Hard Look at Moral Perception,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 8, 2013
“Do Property Rights Presuppose Scarcity?” Humanities and Technology Association Conference, Bowie, MD, October 6, 2012
“Enemy of My Enemy: Nihilism and the Case for Cognitivism,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 9, 2012
“Huck Finn vs. JoJo: Moral Ignorance and the (A)symmetry of Praise and Blame,” Poster Session at the APA Eastern Division Meeting, Washington, DC, December 28, 2011
Commentary on Robyn Gaier's “The Second-Personal Perspective: An Other (and yet another) Argument for Externalism,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder, CO, August 14, 2010
Awards, Fellowships, Grants
Finalist, Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics (for Knowledge, Necessity and Defeat), 2016
Finalist, Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics (for On Leaving Room for Doubt: Using Frege-Geach to Illuminate Expressivism's Problem with Objectivity), 2014
Doctoral Research Fellow, Nanotechnology and Society Research Group, Northeastern University, NSF Grant No. SES-0609078 (award: $10,000), 2011
Experiment Month Participant, Yale University (sponsored by the American Philosophical Association), 2011
University-Wide Graduate Student Teaching Award Nominee, 2011
Social Philosophy and Policy Center Graduate Student Scholar, 2010
Graduate Fellow, The Earhart Foundation (award: $34,000), 2006-2008
Graduate Assistant, Bowling Green State University, 2005-2011
Co-organizer (with Peter Jaworski): Workshop on Methodology in Applied Ethics, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, February 24-26, 2017
Conference Coordinator: Freedom, Paternalism and Morality, Bowling Green State University, April 1-2, 2011
Co-editor, “Ethics and What Is Not Seen,” Special Issue of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, forthcoming
Consulting Editor, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 2014-
Editorial Assistant, Paternalism: Theory and Practice, edited by Christian Coons and Michael Weber. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Analytic Philosophy | Australasian Journal of Philosophy | Canadian Journal of Philosophy | Ethics | European Journal of Philosophy | Grazer Philosophische Studien | The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics | Journal of the American Philosophical Association | Journal of Moral Philosophy | Mind | Philosophia | Philosophical Psychology | Philosophical Quarterly | Res Philosophica | Review of Philosophy and Psychology | Philosophical Studies | Social Theory and Practice | Southwest Philosophy Review | Synthese | Theoria | Topoi
UNC Chapel Hill
Judge, National High School Ethics Bowl, 2014-2015
Judge, Willie P. Mangum Medal in Oratory, 2014
Judge, North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl, 2013
Session Leader, Ethics & Leadership Conference, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, 2013
Supervision of MA Theses:
Cory Johnson, “Suggestions for Deontic Logicians,” 2012
Jessica McCormack, “Morality in the Meat Machine: An Examination of Moral Responsibility and Neuroscience in Cases of Early Life Stress,” 2013
Faculty Advisor, Virginia Tech Philosophy Club, 2012-2013
Bowling Green State University
Graduate Chair, Philosophy Colloquium Committee, 2008-2011
Graduate Representative to the Philosopy Graduate Committee, 2009-2010
Vice President, Graduate Students for the Interdisciplinary Study of Neural and Cognitive Sciences, 2008-2009
Graduate Representative to the Philosophy Department, 2007
|Metaethics||Graduate (500)||Virginia Tech|
|Ethical Theory||Advanced (300)||Virginia Tech|
|Computers and Philosophy||Advanced (300)||BGSU|
|as Philosophy of Information Technology||Virginia Tech|
|Bioethics||Moderate (200)||Chapel Hill|
|as Biomedical Ethics||Virginia Tech|
|Business Ethics||Moderate (200)||BGSU|
|as Social Responsibilities of Business||Georgetown|
|Philosophy of Death and Dying||Moderate (200)||BGSU|
|Introduction to Ethics||Introductory (100)||BGSU|
|Introduction to Logic||Introductory (100)||BGSU|
|Introduction to Philosophy||Introductory (100)||BGSU|
|Practical Ethics||Introductory (100)||Chapel Hill|
|Social Ethics and Political Thought||Introductory (100)||Chapel Hill|
|Introduction to Philosophy||Online||BGSU|
|Introduction to Symbolic Logic||Online||Chapel Hill|
|Philosophy of Death and Dying||Online||BGSU|
Trinity College Fellow, Cambridge University; Distinguished Research Professor, UNC Chapel Hill
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy; Department Chair, UC Davis
Professor of Business, Professor of Law, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, Georgetown University
David C. Baum Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, Co-Director, Program in Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois
Theda Perdue Distinguished Professor; Department Chair, UNC Chapel Hill
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University
Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Chair, Co-Director, Program in Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois
Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor; Duke-UNC PPE Program Co-Chair, UNC Chapel Hill
Professor of Philosophy; Murphy Institute Faculty Member, Tulane University