Assistant Professor of Philosophy
I'm a historian of philosophy (and metaphysician) by specialization but I chose my specialization in part because my interests in philosophy are so broad (and specialization in ancient philosophy allows the freedom to address a huge number of topics over time given the ancients' own broad interests). And so my professional work has frequently incorporated working directly in ethics. I've participated in numerous ethics-related reading groups while at DePauw (in just about every role: participant, co-leader, and as sole leader) and have been at various times actively supporting DePauw's student environmental club and (especially in its first year) DePauw's participation in Focus the Nation. I've taught Ethical Theory, teach units on ethics in Introduction to Philosophy nearly every semester, and ethical themes were central foci in both my First Year Seminar -- The Examined Life -- and my recent Winter Term course, Philosophy and Climate Change. I've given a large number of both public and more professionally oriented talks on issues in ethics ranging from climate change through obligations to the world's poorest people and issues of race and gender to pacifism and the morality of war and terrorism. One of my current lines of professional research deals with metaethical issues regarding free will and the possibility of moral responsibility as such puzzles appear in Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics as well as in the contemporary philosophical literature.
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