Areas of expertise: ethics; history of philosophy; philosophy of religion
Phone: +613 9230 8391
Location: ACU Melbourne Campus
My primary research interests are in ethics and the history of philosophy. The three figures I am currently focused on are Plato, Kant, and Sidgwick. One of the overarching goals of my work on these philosophers is to gain a deeper understanding of the differences and similarities between divergent ethical approaches such as eudaimonism, consequentialism, and deontology. Among the specific topics I am interested in is the differing accounts of virtue and value advocated by the great historical champions of these theories. I am currently co-authoring (with Nicholas Baima) a monograph titled Plato’s Pragmatism (Routledge, under contract). The central claim of this book is that, contrary to common opinion, Plato actually prioritizes practical ends (e.g. moral virtue and psychological harmony) above epistemic ends such as knowledge and truth. A second topic I am interested in is the role that impartiality plays within the different ethical theories. I am currently investigating this topic as part of a two-year project on “The Philosophical History of Ethical Impartialism” funded through the Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operations Scheme (UA/DAAD).
Before joining ACU I was a VolkswagenStiftung Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart. I received my PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. Prior to that, I received an MA in Philosophy from UM-St. Louis and a BA in Philosophy & Religion and English from Truman State University.
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