My research interests are across the board in practical philosophy, but primarily normative ethics, metaethics/metanormativity, and political philosophy, as well as the history of these fields. So far my historical scholarship has focused on Plato, Aristotle, and Kant, though I would like to expand to Augustine, Nietzsche, and others.
I have a few long-term projects in the works. One is the rehabilitation of eudaimonism in ethics, not necessarily including virtue ethics. My hope is that a plausible, realistic account of human flourishing will explain and better capture some of the underlying motivations of consequentialism and deontology. A moral system which promotes human flourishing should preserve the good implications and avoid the implausible extremes of such theories. A closely related project is to construct a theory of the state wherein the state functions primarily to ensure the human flourishing of all of its citizens (or as many as possible). I examine how a state must, and how it need not necessarily, be organized in order to achieve this goal. Other projects include a theory of normativity, including reasons and value, that is based upon norms (rules and standards of evaluation) and an analysis of moral deontic statuses (right, wrong, permissible, etc.) in terms of evaluations of motivation (good, bad, and neutral).
I am currently teaching Logic at The College of New Jersey and organizing the Princeton Workshop in Normative Philosophy and a Conference on Comparative Ancient Philosophy (March 18-19, 2019).
Outside of philosophy, my recent interests include tango, Tai Chi, and classical and jazz concerts. I have always loved movies and the occasional mini-series. In film, and fiction generally, my two great loves are dark humor and plot structure (TV Tropes changed my life). Finally, let's play some tabletop games!