Research

My research as a whole is grounded in two basic questions: (i) What does it mean to recognize someone as a human being? and (ii) What is the role of moral philosophy in helping (or hindering) us in recognizing each other’s humanity?

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 a book (under contract with Routledge) entitled Love, Vision, and the Ordinary: A Study of Iris Murdoch’s Moral Philosophy. The book presents a reading of Murdoch’s work that offers a new interpretation of her account of love, moral vision, and the good in the light of her distinctive philosophical methodology. Murdoch, I argue, is not merely committed in theory to the idea of “loving attention” to the particular; she is committed to it in practice through her adoption of a philosophical methodology that deliberately leaves room for plurality, tension, and incompleteness.

In addition to the monograph, I am also editing a major new volume on Murdoch for the Routledge Philosophical Minds series.