I am a lecturer in Value Theory at the University of Leeds.
Before coming to Leeds I was senior research fellow and director of the philosophy program at the Australian Catholic University. Before that I was a permanent lecturer at La Trobe University, a departmental lecturer in philosophy at Somerville College, University of Oxford, and a teaching fellow at the University of Warwick.
I work on ethics, metaethics, normativity, value theory, and political philosophy. Much of my work has been on the relationship between reasons and value. This work culiminated in my book, The Normative and the Evaluative: The Buck-Passing Account of Value (OUP 2019), which also discusses moral normativity and the relationship between reasons and other normative properties such as fittingness and ought.
A lot of my work also deals with the implications of moral disagreement for metaethics and moral epistemology, the relationship between practical and epistemic normativity, and the moral error theory.
I'm currently finishing up the final version of a guidebook on Moral Disagreement for Routledge's New Problems of Philosophy Series, and working on normativity and gender identity, normativity in aesthetics, and genuine normativity and value across different domains.
Podcasts and Public Engagement
Hi-Phi Nation is a story-driven philosophy podcast. The first episode is about Hostile Design, which is a type of urban design that attempts to exclude people from particular areas of cities. In that episode I interview Leah Borromeo who turned anti-homeless spikes into beds with Space not Spikes, Rowland Atkinson, Chair of Inclusive Societies at the University of Sheffield, and Victor Callister Deputy Director of Architecture at the Design Council in London. And Barry and I consider the relationship between hostile design and freedom.
The second episode is about animal activism and civil and uncivil disobedience. David and I interview animal activists, animal rights campaigners, and the farmers on the other side, including Chris Delforce, Lauren Gazzola, David Jochinke, Joanne Lee, Paula Hough, Jacy Reese. As well as philosophers of civil and uncivil disobedience - Kimberley Brownlee, Candice Delmas, Clare McCausland - and philosophers with views on the effectiveness of activism - Peter Singer, Brian Leiter, Tyler Paytas.
In 2018 I co-hosted episodes 7-13 of Dialogues: the Philosophy podcast. In the podcast we discuss Australaisan philosophers' current research with them and bring their research into dialogue with non-philosophers. The show also sometimes features poems and sketches (not by me, thankfully!)