Director of Graduate Studies
806B McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0480
My Ph.D. is from UCLA, and I did my undergraduate work at Princeton. Before joining the Department here at Tennessee in 2011. I was an assistant professor at Northwestern University and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago.
I work primarily in ethical theory and political philosophy. I am especially interested in how psychological capacities – including capacities possessed by many nonhuman animals, such as perception, consciousness, and judgment – figure in our best understandings of ethics, politics, and law.
Recent, representative publications
- 'The Dialectical Activity of Becoming Just', in Justice, Ed. Mark LeBar (Oxford University Press, 2018)
- 'Rawlsian Stability', Res Publica 22:3, 2016
- 'The Priority and Posteriority of Right', Theoria 81:3, 2015.
- 'The Salience of Moral Character', The Southern Journal of Philosophy 53:2, 2015.
- 'On the Respectful Use of Animals', Between the Species 16:1, 2013.
- 'The Idea of an Overlapping Consensus Revisited', The Journal of Value Inquiry 46:2, 2012.
- 'Meriting Concern and Meriting Respect', Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy 5:2, 2011.
- 'Legitimacy Is Not Authority', Law and Philosophy 29:6, 2010.
- 'Structuring Ends', Philosophia 38:4, 2010.
Recent Representative Courses
- Phil 540 Animal Psychology and Moral Status
- Phil 392 Philosophy of Law
- Phil 340 Ethical Theory
- Phil 110 Introduction to Philosophy