PhD University of California, San Diego, 2005
JD University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1996
Hyer Hall 211A
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750142
Dallas TX 75275-0142
My current research interests focus on moral philosophy and, in particular, on some related questions at the intersection of metaethics and normative ethics—including questions about the nature of moral principles and obligating reasons (right- and wrong-making circumstances), questions about how morally relevant factors (including obligating reasons) combine and interact to determine the overall moral statuses of particular acts in particular cases, and questions about what kinds of moral conflicts are possible (e.g., whether, and if so how, it's possible to have conflicting moral obligations). I'm particularly interested in the question of which alternative accounts of moral principles and obligating reasons are required by which alternative moral theories. And I have related interests in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science.
• “A Dispositional Account of Conflicts of Obligation.” Forthcoming in Noûs.
• "Exploring Alternatives to the Simple Model: Is There an Atomistic Option?" Forthcoming in Oxford Studies in
Normative Ethics, Vol. 2.
• “Obligating Reasons, Moral Laws, and Moral Dispositions.” Forthcoming in the Journal of Moral Philosophy.
• "Moral Absolutes." Forthcoming in the International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette, John Deigh & Sarah
• "Moral Principles As Moral Dispositions," Philosophical Studies 156 (November 2011):289-309.
• "Moral Principles Are Not Moral Laws," Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy 2 (November 2008):1-22
• "Moral Holism, Moral Generalism, and Moral Dispositionalism," Mind 82 (April 2006):331-60
• “On the Variability of Pro Tanto Obligating Reasons”
, Ethical Theory (Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012)
, Philosophy of Law (Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Spring 2011)
, Intro to Ethics (Spring 2010, Spring 2012)
, Intro to Ethics, Honors (Fall 2010)
• PHIL 1318
, Contemporary Moral Problems (Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2009)
• PHIL 1318H
, Contemporary Moral Problems, Honors (Spring 2007, Spring 2008)