I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. From February 2020 I will also be Lecturer in Value Theory at the University of Leeds.
Before coming to ACU I was a permanent lecturer at La Trobe University, a department lecturer in philosophy at Somerville College, and 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.
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.
Last year I co-hosted episodes 7-13 of Dialogues: the Philosophy podcast with Dan Halliday and Holly Lawford-Smith. 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!)