I hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Saint Louis University (2022).
I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Notre Dame's Center for Philosophy of Religion (2022-2023 academic year).
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. I defend an account of intellectual virtue, virtuous activity, and epistemic goods produced by such activity. I then argue that the relation between intellective activity and interpersonal connection is different from the relation between states of intellect and interpersonal connection. 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.
(Scientia et Fides, forthcoming)
(European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 2022)