Research

I came to philosophy for two reasons.

First, I needed to know. I needed to know whether morality was objective or a matter of social convention. I needed to know whether we have free will. I needed to know if the great philosopher David Hume was right that “reason is the slave of the passions.” After years of research, it would be hubris to say I possess that knowledge. I have, however, achieved a gratifyingly deep understanding that spurs me on to keep digging.

Second, I can’t stand bullshit, and when philosophy is done well, there’s none of that. Instead, there’s rigorous argumentation, subtle but game-changing distinctions that open new vistas, and a willingness by all involved to be challenged at the extremes of one’s intellectual abilities.

I left academic philosophy, but my passion for the inquiry remains. Here’s some of the work I’ve published; you can read those papers here.

Taken at a bookstore in Harare, Zimbabwe. I liked this picture and never knew what to do with it. Problem solved.

Taken at a bookstore in Harare, Zimbabwe. I liked this picture and never knew what to do with it. Problem solved.

  1. “Reasons for Emotion and Moral Motivation” in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy

  2. “Metaethical Realism with Good of a Kind” in the European Journal of Philosophy

  3. “Why Compatibilists Need Alternative Possibilities” in Erkenntnis

  4. “Intentionality and Compound Accounts of the Emotions” in the Southern Journal of Philosophy

  5. “Nietzsche’s ‘Interpretation’ in the Genealogy” in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy

  6. "Nietzsche's Metaethics: Fictionalism for the Few, Error Theory for the Many" in The Nietzschean Mind

  7. "Nietzsche's Repudiation of Guilt" in The Moral Psychology of Guilt

  8. “Explaining Role-Based Reasons” (in progress)

  9. “Internalism, Role-Based Reasons, and the Ethics of Blame” (in progress)