Academic Research

My research centers on naturalism and its rivals. I analyze aspects of naturalism and its rivals in ethics, metaphysics, and religion.

In virtue ethics, my book Becoming What We Are develops a novel form of ethical naturalism that builds on Philippa Foot and Michael Thompson’s concept of natural norms. I defend Philippa Foot’s ethical naturalism and criticize that of John McDowell, whose conception of ‘nature’ is contradictory. Virtue and especially practical wisdom are natural for human beings (in a sense that I explain in detail).

In metaphysics, I’m the making final revisions on a submission about Causal Closure, which you can read more about at Academia.edu.

In the philosophy of religion, I’m currently putting Foot’s “secular natural law theory” into conversation with religious theorists such as Mark Murphy, John Finnis, and Tristram Englehardt.