AOS: I specialize in systematic conceptions of purposiveness in theories of self-consciousness, ethics, nature, and aesthetics. Within the history of philosophy I focus on Kant and Hegel. I am interested in the effects of systematic notions of becoming and formation from Heraclitus and Aristotle through Kant, Hegel, and Goethe to Gadamer, Cassirer, Kuhn, and Philippa Foot.
I am interested in comparative ethics and normative theories that manage to be both universal and developmental, and theories of time and identity, scientific paradigms, and the formative value of the fine arts for self-consciousness and society. Within applied ethics, I am interested in theories of kind-derived norms that can account for universal rights and unique responsibility relative to the kind in question. I am also interested in the application of theories of identity and ethics to emergent forms of artificial intelligence; and the conditions of intelligibility for all possible, even non-human forms of self-consciousness.
PERSONAL: I love time with my spouse and kids, particularly in nature and in diverse cultures globally. Activities include tennis, soccer, sprint-triathlons, pottery, photography, sculpting, and cross-country skiing. I love literature, from the novels of Dostoevsky to the poems of T.S. Eliot; from the short stories of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to the epic myths of J.R.R. Tolkien.