I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Flagler College. I began as a faculty member here in August 2023.
During the 2022-2023 academic year, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Notre Dame's Center for Philosophy of Religion (2022-2023).
Monograph Proposal in Progress
My current research project aims to defend an account of human flourishing compatible with the “unique human function” requirements found in Aristotelian virtue theory. If the good life for a human person depends on her activating her uniquely human capacities, then unintuitively, some human beings may not be able to flourish, given certain impairments to those capacities. The main question is, what are the capacities required for humans to flourish, such that human flourishing is possible even in cases of cognitive impairment or physical disability? I aim to answer this question by explicating the nature of interpersonal relationships, including their intellectual constitution.
I argue that relationships are activities, both physical and intellectual. I describe the nature of intellectual activity within the activity of relating to another; such activity involves being aware of the non-instrumental value of another person. I defend an account of intellectual virtue, virtuous activity, and epistemic goods produced by such activity. I then argue that loving relationships are not mere attitudes, they are virtuous activities. This account of personal connection can answer important questions in both ethics and epistemology, which I develop in the project. For instance, an account of loving relationship as virtuous activity has the potential to explain the difference between loving relationships and non-loving ones, using virtue theory. This project can also offer a unified account of different kinds of love, e.g., familial and romantic love, in addition to elucidating value questions in epistemology.
(Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2023)
How do we collaborate with others? Perhaps more importantly, how do we collaborate well with others? In this paper, I attempt to answer this second question. I look at cases of good collaboration, contrasting them briefly with some cases of poor collaboration, to determine what is needed to collaborate well. I proceed to describe the similarities between these cases, such as shared aims, shared planning of projects, respectful criticism between collaborators, and shared norms among collaborators. The conclusion of the paper is that collaborating well involves shared norms derived both from societal norms and from a well-ordered relationship between participants, a shared vision derived from shared knowledge and open communication grounded in relationship, and the open-mindedness and thoughtful disagreement that both come with mutual respect and trust between participants.
(Scientia et Fides, 2022)
(European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 2022)