My research is in ethics, philosophy of law, and philosophy of religion. Broadly, I care about the ethics of self-defense and all its theoretical tendrils, defending the place and importance of nonhuman animals in philosophy of religion, and showing how uniquely queer interests should shape both our understanding of self-defense and our view of the afterlife. In particular, I work on questions such as the following:
Is the standard view of defensive permissions more plausible than a pacifist alternative?
What does a pacifist view of moral and political rights look like?
Does our duty to avoid moral responsibility for unjust harm restrict our right to procreate? Are we morally liable to criminal penalties if we do?
What are the best reasons to believe that all sentient, nonhuman animals will exist in the afterlife?
How should injustices against LGBTQ+ persons be rectified in the afterlife? Will heterosexuality persist in the afterlife?
Should our conception of God be influenced by normative claims about equality, shared power, and direct representation?
Near the end of my time as a graduate student, I was interviewed by the American Philosophical Association.
My pronouns are ze/zir/zirs and they/them/theirs.
Below are some upcoming talks I'll be giving. I would love to see you there to talk philosophy and learn something from you!
Friday, November 22: Universitá degli Studi di Milano, Via Festa del Perdono, 7-20122 Milano (9:30-11:00am Milan) "Here's Not Looking at You, Kid: A New-Defense of Anti-Natalism" (with Anthony Ferrucci)
Wednesday, January 8th: APA Eastern Division, Philadelphia, PA (Session 2L: 2:00-3:00pm EST) "Higher-Order Evidence in Groups: A Defense of a Summative Account of Group Justification"
February 6th-7th: Utah Valley University, Orem, UT (time and room TBD) "Will There Be Straight Folx in Heaven? Hell No!"
February 26th-29th: APA Central Division, Chicago, IL (session and time details TBD) "Real Kids First: An Adoption Argument for Anti-Natalism" (with Anthony Ferrucci)