Welcome to my site! Here are the basics about me: I'm currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington & Jefferson College. My philosophical interests lie primarily at the intersection of ethics and metaphysics, especially as they pertain to free will and moral responsibility. And, I recently received my Ph.D. in philosophy from Syracuse University (June 2013).
In my dissertation, Towards a Revisionist Account of Moral Responsibility, I raise a new problem for revisionist accounts of moral responsibilty regarding the potential for such accounts to justifiy our continued participation in the practice of moral praising and blaming, and develop a positive proposal on behalf of revisionists for how I think they might ultimately avoid this problem. As part of this proposal I defend a new methodological assumption for our theorizing about moral responsibility.
In addition to my work on free will and moral responsibility I have research interests in ethics, metaphysics, philosophical methodology (in particular regarding questions about justification and the proper role of intuition in different philosophical domains), moral psychology, philosophical work on concepts, and experimental philosophy.
I am currently teaching Introduction to Philosophy and an upper level course on free will and moral responsibility at Washington & Jefferson. At Syracuse I taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Logic, Introduction to Moral Theory, Theories of Knowledge and Reality, and Introduction to Philosophy (Honors). You can find current and past syllabi, sample syllabi for a few other courses in the works, and my student evaluations to the right.
Anchoring a Revisionist Account of Moral Responsibility (2013) Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (7:3)
PHI 192: Introduction to Moral Theory (Syracuse)
PHI 251, Introduction to Logic (Syracuse)
PHI 109: Introduction to Philosophy (Honors) (Syracuse)
PHI 107: Theories of Knowledge & Reality (Syracuse)
Student Evaluations (W&J)
Student Evaluations (Syracuse)