Research

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

My research is primarily focused on the problem of moral uncertainty.  I defend the view that morally uncertain agents ought to be concerned with the expected moral value of their actions.  This means that sometimes they should avoid moral recklessness, refraining from acting in a way they think is most probably morally optimal because of the moral peril attached to that action.  I refine this view and defend it against a number of objections including one that I refute in a paper recently published in Utilitas.  In other work I argue that two other major objections to this view rest on a confused way of modelling moral uncertainty.  

In addition to moral uncertainty, I have research interests in political philosophy and applied ethics, especially environmental ethics and bioethics.
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