τοῦτον τὸν νόμον ὁ θεὸς τέθεικεν καὶ φησίν "εἰ τι ἀγαθὸν θέλεις, παρὰ σεαυτοῦ λάβε."
I am an assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University Honors College. I earned a PhD 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, much of my research surrounds how in Plato's ethical theory false beliefs and defective forms of reasoning can contribute to flourishing. In Plato's Pragmatism: Rethinking the Relationship between Ethics and Epistemology (2021, Routledge), Tyler Paytas and I argue that Plato defends a form of pragmatism: for Plato, (a) practical values (living well, morality, etc.) can conflict with epistemic values (truth, knowledge, etc.), and (b) when this happens we should prioritize the former over the latter.
I have broad interests in ethical theory ranging from metaethics to applied ethics. In metaethics, I have written on expressivism and vagueness, while 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. I'm working on developing a philosophical interpretation of his normative theory in the Laws. 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 Malanowski 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 publications and C.V.
You can contact me at NichBaima [at] Gmail [dot] com