Research

 

Metaphysics (esp. Action and Mind)

My main research interests lie in metaphysics, and have to do with the prospects for a non-causal libertarian account of free action, built upon a substance dualism and a broadly neo-Aristotelian metaphysics including a substance-powers theory of causation.  (I closely adopt and defend an overall framework laid out by E.J. Lowe.)  I am therefore especially interested in theories of personhood, theories of mental causation and causation generally, and the free will debate.

Epistemology

In epistemology, I’m most interested in following Laurence BonJour in defending a moderate form of rationalism, according to which substantive a priori justification is indispensable for all, or nearly all, cases of epistemic justification.  This position is foundationalist and internalist, but leaves room for useful externalist and non-foundationalist varieties of justification and knowledge (as bearing a kind of secondary epistemological status).

Ethics (esp. Metaethics)

My views in ethics lie in the direction of a Rossian ethical intuitionism.  I am therefore interested in defending a realist position that is deontological and non-naturalist in character, and in working on issues in moral epistemology and moral metaphysics.   I also plan to do occasional work in social and political philosophy – namely, in questions having to do with the justification of the state, and with alternative forms of political and economic organization.