Research

(Photo: A couple of mountain goats that crossed our path on Quandary Peak.)

My dissertation is on moral uncertainty.  I defend a position sometimes known as 'Expected Moral Value Theory', according to which the expected moral value of an action at least partly determines a morally uncertain agent's practical reasons.  I argue for a version of this theory that is more subjective than is currently defended in the literature, and that furnishes agents with primarily rational, not moral, reasons to act.  These modifications allow the theory to fare well against a number of objections in the literature, while retaining enough normative force to provide action guidance and moral evaluation for morally uncertain agents.

In addition to the issue of moral uncertainty, I have interests more broadly in metaethics as well as in applied ethics (especially bioethics and environmental ethics), and also in decision theory.
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