I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Morris. I work on various topics in metaethics, moral psychology, normative and applied ethics, social/political philosophy, and philosophy of law. 


About my research:

My main research right now concerns honor, which I argue is essential to a mature pluralist deontological moral and political theory. Here's a freshman-level introduction to honor ethics I hope some find helpful.

I am also persuaded by moral-psychological views positing a handful of innate moral systems, each of which portrays rightness and wrongness in a unique way. I explore whether this view is compatible with moral realism.

I am developing an evolutionary psychological account of honor, in which I 1) outline the differences between the honor ethos and authoritarianism, 2) demonstrate that honor-typical behavior is to be found in non-humans, and 3) speculate that honor instincts in humans have their origin in competitive play.

Finally, I am increasingly drawn to social/political philosophy, especially on the topics of honor's importance to liberal society (particularly in Africa), and various questions in gender (especially hypergender and "gender exaggeration").

Courses regularly taught:

Professional Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Moral Issues and Theories (applied ethics seminar), Ethical Theory (metaethics seminar), Philosophy of Love and Sex, Introductory Ethics.

An interdisciplinary academic blog I founded and administer: honorethics.org

A book series I co-edit with political scientist Laurie Johnson (Political Science, Kansas State) on the theme of Honor and Obligation in Liberal Society (Lexington).

Books under contract:

Perspectives on Modern Honor (Lexington), co-edited with Laurie Johnson

Main publications:

Fighting Fair: The Ecology of Honor in Humans and Animals forthcoming in Jonathan Crane (ed.), Beastly Morality (Columbia University Press).

What Should Realists Say About Honor Cultures?, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17 (5): 893-911.

Honor War Theory: Romance or Reality?Philosophical Papers 42 (3): 285-313.

There's Some Fetish in Your Ethics: A Limited Defense of Purity ReasoningJournal of Philosophical Research 38:377-404.

The Fictionalist's Attitude Problem (co-authored with Graham Oddie)Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (5):485-498.

Under review or drafts in progress:

Gender Exaggeration as Trans (co-authored with Michael Prideaux)

"To Do for Honor What Hobbes Did for Justice," forthcoming in Perspectives on Modern Honor (2015).

Civic Immortality: Honoring Liberal Heroics in Africa and Abroad (co-authored with Ajume Wingo).

Dept. of Philosophy

University of Minnesota, Morris

600 E 4th St.

Morris, MN 56267


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