Research

I’m interested in a range of philosophical topics, but the heart of my interest is ethics, and especially Kantian ethics.

Reason, Emotion, and Consequence: Moral Psychology and Kantian Ideals

My first project is to look to Kant’s discussions of moral ideals (the virtuous person, the ethical community, the highest good, and friendship) to argue that his framing of these concepts as ideals is an underutilized resource for Kantians.  I argue that Kantian ideals help Kantians respond to criticisms that Kantian ethics is inadequate to capture important features of our moral psychology (especially consequence and emotion).

“Giving Up” Series

My other project is a series of papers about giving up on people. Some peoplemaybe even our own parents, children, and partnersare reprehensible. When ought we give up on them?