I am the Director of Student Experience and Progression for the PPE programme at Warwick.
I received my PhD from the University of Birmingham working with Prof. Alex Miller on the metaethics of constructivism, with particular attention on the work of Christine Korsgaard. I argued that, although thinking about constructivism illuminates a lot of interesting issues, ultimately the position cannot sustain the grandiose claims made of it.
I am interested in pretty much all normative matters at all levels: political, moral, legal as well as metaethical questions and issues in the philosophy of language. Flowing out of my thesis I have done work on the Frege-Geach problem, the best way to construe moral realism, and how to make a case for analytic naturalism about moral facts. Recently I've become interested in what our treatment of animals reveals about their moral status. I'm also developing a new way of understanding moral metaphysics by exploiting insights from the philosophy of science.
This year I will be teaching Principles of Political Economy: Philosophy and Politics; PPE Interdisciplinary Topics and convening Introduction to Philosophy.
Publications under review and in progress:
'Against Ecumenicism' (with Alex Miller we show how hybrid-expressivism fails to solve the Frege-Geach Problem).
'A New Solution to the Open Question Argument' (I borrow Gillian Russell's insights in philosophy of language to revamped versions of Moore's argument).
'Moral Structuralism' (I suggest we can avoid certain sceptical problems about ethics by looking to the philosophy of science).
Advice and Feedback Hours:
Weeks 1-4; 7-10: Tuesday 12-2pm, Thursday 1-2pm.
Week 5: 3-5pm, Thursday 1-2pm.
Week 6: By Appointment