- Contemporary Moral Issues
- Cultural Animals: Morality and the Limits of Nature and Culture
- Fridays 9:30am – 12:00pm
Areas of Specialization
- Political Philosophy
Office: 330 Griffin-Floyd Hall
- "Conviction and Open-Mindedness: A Lesson on Political Revision from Adam Smith," in Ethics in Politics: The Rights and Obligations of Individual Political Agents, eds. Emily M. Crookston, David Killoren, & Jonathan Trerise, New York: Routledge (2017).
- Review of Part 60 (on Adam Smith) of Terence Irwin's The Development of Ethics: A Historical and Critical Study, The Philosophical Forum 52.3 (Fall 2011) 309-10.
- From Partial Passions to Moral Sentiments: Taking Up Adam Smith's Impartial Spectator Perspective. Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University (2009).
- "Hume's and Smith's Partial Sympathies and Impartial Stances," Journal of Scottish Philosophy 5.2 (October 2007) 135-158.
Presentations & Workshops
- "Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments," Center for the Core Curriculum, Columbia University, January 2016.
- "Reconsidering Moral Impartiality," Ethics and Political Philosophy Colloquia, University of Toronto, February 2014.
- Remarks on Gabriel Gottleib's "Constructivism without Constructivism," Illinois Philosophical Association, Urbana-Champaign, IL, November 2012.
- "Forced to be Free?" Conference on "The Quest for Excellence: Liberal Arts and Core Texts", Association for Core Texts and Courses, New Haven, Connecticut, October 2011.
- "Friendship, Love, and Other Apparent Moral Failings," Family Weekend Humanities Lecture, Columbia University, New York, NY, October 2011.
- Panelist for "What Defines Fairness? Theories of Justice and Inequality," UNC Economics Club, Chapel Hill, NC, December 2009.
- Workshop Participant for Chapel Hill/Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Workshop on Non-Ideal Theory, Chapel Hill, NC, September 2009.
- "The Impartial Spectator's Amour-Propre," The 250th Anniversary of The Theory of Moral Sentiments, International Adam Smith Society & The Adam Smith Review, Oxford, UK, January 2009.
- Liberty Fund Colloquium on "Law in a Polite and Commercial Society: Smith's Lectures on Jurisprudence and Blackstone's Commentaries,", Bath, UK, January 2009.
- "Can We Find Hume's Virtue of Justice on His Own Terms?" American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 2008.
- "Sympathy and Engagement," Conference on Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, May 2006.
- Comment on Nicholas Southwood's "Reasons, Reasonable Rejectability, Redundancy," Columbia/NYU Graduate Conference, New York, NY, March 2004.