Academic work

I'm a graduate student, on the B.Phil at the University of Oxford. My philosophical interests have shifted quite dramatically over the last few years.

I'm currently writing my dissertation on the ethics of refugee policy, supervised by Professor David Miller. This work is currently in very early stages, but if you have interests in political theory (especially the ethics of immigration, global justice, and human rights) or international law (particularly refugee and immigration law), and would like to read and comment on a draft, I'd be extremely grateful. Please get in touch.

I previously worked on questions in value theory about the nature of goodness, what kinds of entities can be good, and what implications this has for ethical theory, especially consequentialism. I've published two papers in this area:
  • 'Who needs 'just plain' goodness: a reply to Almotahari and Hosein', in Philosophical Studies. (abstract)
    Openly readable here.
  • 'Consequentialism, Goodness, and States of Affairs', in The Journal of Value Inquiry. (abstract)
    Here, or in penultimate draft here.
My undergraduate dissertation was also on this topic; it features slightly different and extended versions of the arguments in 'Consequentialism, Goodness, and States of Affairs', as well as a discussion of T.M. Scanlon's buck-passing account of goodness. Please contact me if you'd like a copy.

Other papers I've written, but am not working on further - again, contact me for a copy:
  • 'The Illusory Problem of Collective Action' (abstract)
  • 'Kant, Imperfect Duties, and Cumulative Impact' (abstract)
  • 'Selective Debunking and the Modularity of Mind' (abstract)
  • 'Anti-Luminosity, Transparency and Subjectivism' (abstract)
  • 'Sidgwick, Intuitionism and Reflective Equilibrium' (abstract)