Associate Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University
I am Associate Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. I work on contemporary issues in moral and political philosophy within a broadly Kantian tradition. I'm currently working on several articles and a book manuscript concerned with how to understand the reasons that we have for valuing people and things. I argue that we cannot reason to, but nevertheless do have reasons for, our valuing attitudes. Among these valuing attitudes I include interpersonal love and also commitment to the authority of morality or moral respect for persons. I explore the nature of the reasons that we can have for these sorts of attitudes, and the implications for moral education and child-rearing, interpersonal relationships, and politics in a pluralistic society.
When not doing philosophy, riding my bicycle, or reading a novel, I'm usually involved in some combination of child-rearing, interpersonal relationships, and politics in a pluralistic society.