I work in metaphysics and the philosophy of language, informed by a reading of German and American philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries.  My research in metaphysics concerns the basis and nature of value in biological and social systems.  On the side of language, I am developing a broadly non-representational theory of meaning for value-laden modal operators like 'ought', 'may', 'so that' and 'in order to'.

I am currently a post-doctoral researcher for a project on inferentialism and collective intentionality at the University of Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic.  In  addition to university teaching at private and public institutions over the last two years, I ran a course on Aristotelian virtue, Kantian autonomy, and cognitive behavioral therapy at the Allegheny County Jail, a course on philosophy for children at Woolslair Elementary in Pittsburgh, and a similar course at the Ellis School in Pittsburgh.  I am also an education researcher with Studium Consulting, and I maintain interests in public policy and education.

Preston Stovall