Professor of Philosophy
My teaching and research are concentrated in moral and political philosophy. More specifically, I am interested in metaethical questions about the nature of moral normativity, in the relation of self-interest and morality, and in the basis and extent of political authority. In addition to general courses in ethics, the history of ethics, and political philosophy, I teach special topics seminars on “Morality and Self-Interest” and on “Classical Liberalism and Libertarianism.” My scholarship has ranged broadly over issues in metaethics, the history of ethics, and political philosophy. Recent work explores Ayn Rand’s moral and political thought, John Locke’s arguments for religious toleration, and the concept of “non-aggression” within libertarian theory.