My work lies at the intersection of global, long-term environmental problems like climate change, and ethical and political philosophy. I conduct research on a number of relevant questions:
- What sort of environment do we owe to people in the future and why?
- How should we think about the ethical responsibilities of a single individual in the face of large-scale, complex, aggregate environmental problems?
- Climate change has been called a “super-wicked problem.” If it really is so hard to address climate change, does climate ethics require less than we might think? What is the relationship between normative theorizing and various feasibility constraints?
- Forthcoming. “The ethical duty to reduce the ecological footprint of industrialized health care services and facilities,” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.
- 2019. “Veganism as a food ethic,” (with Tristram McPherson), The Handbook of Eating and Drinking, Herbert L. Meiselman, ed., Springer, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-75388-1_85-1
- 2018. “Contractualism, person-affecting wrongness and the non-identity problem,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 21, No. 1 (February), pp. 103-119.
- 2017. “Neorepublicanism and the domination of posterity,” Ethics, Policy & Environment, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 294-313.
- 2017. “Climate change justice,” (with Idil Boran) Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/thematic/climate-change-justice/v-1
In my teaching, I show students from all backgrounds and majors the value and relevance of philosophy to their area of student and help them develop thinking, speaking and writing skills that will be of use to them in their careers and lives as democratic citizens. I use a variety of in-class activities beyond traditional lectures:
- Mock ethics committee meetings
- Formal in-class debates
- Group presentations
- Newspaper articles, legal cases, YouTube clips and films
- Mock climate negotiation