I am Associate Professor of Philosophy in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.
My research focuses mainly on morality,
rationality, and the interconnections between the two, but I have also written
on well-being, posthumous harm, and the non-identity problem. Currently, I am working on a book tentatively entitled Fundamental Normative Principles: From Reasons to Obligations.
book argues that the deontic statuses of our actions are a function of the
strength of our reasons for performing them. And the book seeks to discover
what that function is. It seeks to do so without getting bogged down with
questions concerning what our reasons are and what kind and degree of strength they
have. The hope, then, is to arrive at the most fundamental and least
controversial normative principles concerning action.
My other book — Commonsense Consequentialism: Wherein Morality Meets Rationality (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) — defends a version of consequentialism that both comports with our commonsense moral convictions and shares with other consequentialist theories the same compelling teleological conception of practical reasons. Although the primary aim of the book is to defend a particular consequentialist theory (viz., commonsense consequentialism), it defends this theory as part of a coherent whole concerning our commonsense views about the nature and substance of both morality and rationality.
I am also the author of several journal articles, appearing
in Noûs, Mind, Ethics, Ratio, Utilitas, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy
Compass, Journal of Philosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, American Philosophical Quarterly,
Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and
the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy.
Before coming to Arizona State University in 2005, I taught at the College of Charleston from 1998-2000 and at California State University, Northridge from 2000-2005. I received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from the University of California, San Diego in 1991, and master's and doctorate degrees in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993 and 1998, respectively. During the 2008-09 academic year, I was a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs, Murphy Institute, Tulane University. Lastly, I am one of the founders of, and a current contributor to, PEA Soup — a blog dedicated to the discussion of philosophy, ethics, and academia.
Curriculum Vitae: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/14740340/cv.pdf
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
Arizona State University
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