I am a Professor and Placement Director in the Department of Philosophy at Ohio State University

I am also affiliated with Ohio State's Center for Ethics and Human Values and its Sustainability Institute

In 2021-22, I am a member of the advisory committee for the Ohio State University Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme

I am an associate editor with JESP and Ergo, two awesome truly open access philosophy journals


At the broadest level, my research focuses on four philosophical questions about ethics:

  • What ought we to do (both generally, and in some of the pressing and hard cases that now confront us)?

  • What are we doing when we engage in ethical thought and talk?

  • Are there ethical facts? If so, how could they fit into our best overall account of reality?

  • What is the best way of going about answering the preceding questions?

In pursuing these questions, I am gripped both by the methodologist’s goal of understanding and improving our practices of inquiry, and by the practitioner’s aim of making substantive progress in philosophical inquiry.

You can learn more about my research here.

If you have a fetish for CVs, mine can be found here.

I hail from Vancouver, Canada, which has left me with weaknesses for vegan cuisine, karaoke, and the martial art aikido (although the latter pair of interests have been sadly neglected in recent years). I live in Columbus, Ohio with my love Amy Shuster, and our child Finn.

If you are here because my social media pages are shockingly cryptic, you can learn more about me here.

If you would like to get in touch, please drop me an email at:

dr [dot] tristram [at] gmail [dot] com


What I am up to (Summer 2021):

    • Writing about conceptual ethics, normative concepts, and the metaphysics of ethics

    • Supporting OSU Philosophy's job candidates as our placement director

    • In my leisure time, my pandemic hobby is the board game go (aka baduk or weiqi). You can occasionally find me making bad shape on OGS, pandanet, and especially FoxWQ. Post vaccination, I have also been playing in person at the very friendly Columbus go club!

    • I hope to spend a lot of time with my family and friends, make and eat many delicious vegan meals, do yoga and pilates, lift weights, play go, and read some good fiction, some of it with my kid.