Ryan W. Davis

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. Before coming to BYU, I did graduate work in Princeton University's Program in Political Philosophy, and in Philosophy at Harvard University. Before that, I was an undergraduate at Arizona State University.

I write about ethics and political philosophy, and sometimes philosophy of religion. Most of my work relates in some way to the value of autonomy. My research is oriented around a few questions:

    • What are individuals morally required to do, and what explains these requirements?
    • What political rights do persons have, and are some rights more important than others?
    • Do any political institutions or agents enjoy special normative powers or privileges that ordinary persons lack?
    • What is the relationship between moral reasons and religious commitments?

Contact Information:

  • rwdavis at byu dot edu
  • 801.422.9080
  • 745 Kimball Tower/PO Box 25545, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602