I am an assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University Honors College. I earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis in Spring 2015. Although I am interested in most philosophical issues, my primary research is in Ancient philosophy and ethics.In Ancient philosophy, I am currently investigating Plato's attitude towards falsity. More precisely, my research examines how in Plato's ethical theory false beliefs and defective forms of reasoning can contribute to flourishing. I'm in the process of developing a book with my colleague Tyler Paytas which is titled, Plato's Pragmatism: Rethinking the Relationship between Ethics and Epistemology. In this book, We argue that (1) Plato holds that all humans (including philosopher rulers) require false beliefs in order to live successful lives, (2) Plato maintains that living well sometimes requires all humans to believe things without sufficient evidence, and (3) Plato is right about (1) and (2). We defend this interpretation by drawing upon the Apology, the Gorgias, the Laws, the Euthydemus, the Meno, the Phaedo, and the Republic, as well as recent work in moral psychology.
Additionally, I have broad interests in ethical theory. I have interested in everything from metaethics to applied ethics. In metaethics I have written on expressivism and vagueness. In applied ethics, I have written on issues concerning enhancement and sport. When it comes to normative ethics/value theory, I think that Plato got most things right. According, I often write on papers that defend his seemingly implausible views. For instance, I recently argued that courage involves not just a resistance to pain and fear, but a resistance to pleasure and desire as well. I also have an interest in classics and the ways in which heroic values differ from the values of a moral system.
If you are interested in learning about Plato's Laws, an excellent place to begin is here :) https://www.iep.utm.edu/pla-laws/
I strongly believe in coauthorship; I think it is a great way to develop ideas and have fun. I have coauthored papers with Sarah Malanowksi and Tyler Paytas, and I have edited a special volume of the Plato Journal with Sophia Stone.
Before entering WUSTL, I earned an M.A. in Philosophy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a B.A. in Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Northern Iowa. While at UNI I was a varsity member of their NCAA Division 1 wrestling team.
The links on the side will lead you to more information about my dissertation, publications, and C.V.
You can contact me at NichBaima [at] Gmail [dot] com