About

I’m an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After finishing my PhD in 2011 at beautiful UC Santa Barbara, I was fortunate to have taught for two years in the Philosophy Department at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia—justly rated one of the most livable cities in the world.

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icon-rsrchMost of my research is at the intersection of ethics and science (e.g. neuroethics). I’m especially interested in how we know right from wrong, despite fervent disagreements about contemporary moral issues. Ultimately, I aim to better understand how we can improve the acquisition and exercise of virtue. My book Regard for Reason in the Moral Mind (Oxford University Press, 2018) draws on scientific evidence to show that reasoning plays a fundamental role in ethical thought and action.

Recent articles of mine have appeared in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, CognitionJournal of Medical EthicsPhilosophical StudiesSynthese, and the Southern Journal of Philosophy (the Spindel Supplement’s Emerging Scholar Prize essay). Read more…

icon-teachI teach a range of philosophy courses, but my regulars are Intro to PhilosophyBioethicsEthics: Theories of Good and Evil, and Neuroethics. I occasionally teach seminars, which usually cover current debates in these areas. In 2017, I was honored to receive the “Outstanding Professor Award” from the students in UAB’s Early Medical School Acceptance ProgramRead more…

icon-otherSome other professional activities include serving as Assistant to the General Editors at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (which I redesigned in 2009 and updated in 2014) and editing several categories for PhilPapers.org. In 2017, I participated in a summer seminar on Neuroscience and Philosophy at Duke University, similar to summer seminars I’ve previously attended (on Moral Epistemology at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary; on Big Questions in Free Will at Florida State University; and on Perceptual, Moral, and Religious Skepticism at Purdue University). Read more…

icon-media Philosophy isn’t just for the few in the “ivory tower.” So I try to bring philosophy to the general public—e.g. through interviews,  opinion pieces, and blog postsRead more…