Research

I’m interested in the role of love and beauty in our moral lives, and the way in which our sense of responsibility to others sometimes seems to go beyond anything that could be expressed in terms of systematic moral theory.

In my recent published work, I’ve written about the role of love in Iris Murdoch’s moral philosophy, criticized the idea that moral reasons are necessarily universalizable, offered an interpretation of the famous epigraph (“Only connect…”) to E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End, and explored the disability rights activist Harriet McBryde Johnson’s account of her meeting with the philosopher Peter Singer.

Right now, I’m working on a contribution to a new volume of essays on Murdoch’s Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, an encyclopedia entry on narcissism, a paper on the role of metaphor in moral reasoning, and a short piece on the recent debate over the concept of “microaggression”.