Academic Research

My undergraduate major was in philosophy at Princeton University, and I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in 2004. My academic research has been focused in three areas: meta-ethics and action theory, character and virtue, and philosophy of religion.

In meta-ethics, I have written about questions like:

  • Is there an objective morality?
  • What does it mean to say that morality is objective?
  • What is the nature of moral motivation?
  • Do our moral judgments always motivate us?

With respect to character and virtue, I have written about questions like:

  • What is good character?
  • Why should we care about developing a good character?
  • How good is our character?
  • How can we grow and develop our character?
  • What is the best account of virtues like generosity and honesty?

Finally, in philosophy of religion, I have written about questions like:

  • Is God the basis for morality?
  • Are God's desires, rather than his intentions or commands, a plausible supernatural foundation for morality?
  • Are we better off with or without religious belief?

My work to date has included over 120 academic papers, 5 academic monographs, and 5 edited collections. To learn more about my research, please visit my academic page at