Areas of Specialty
Ethics, Meta-ethics (especially value theory)
Areas of Competence
University of Pittsburgh (Fall 2018).
Duane L. Peterson Assistant Professor in Ethics
Johns Hopkins University (fall 2012- spring 2018).
PhD in Philosophy with distinction
Columbia University (May 2012)
MPhil in Philosophy
University of Sydney (2004–2006)
BA, First class honours with University Medal (Philosophy)
University of Sydney (2003)
BA (Philosophy, English)
University of Western Australia (1999–2002)
The Value of Humanity (forthcoming with Oxford University Press).
“Kant’s Commitment to Metaphysics of Morals,” European Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 24, Iss. 1 (2013): pp. 103-128.
"Must We Be Just Plain Good? On Regress Arguments for the Value of Humanity," Ethics, 128, No. 2 (2018): pp. 346-372.
"Explaining Human Value," in Re-Evaluating the Value of Humanity, ed. Sarah Buss and Nandi Theunissen (in progress).
Re-Evaluating the Value of Humanity (with Sarah Buss, in progress).
ARTICLES in progress
"A Mortal Excellence."
"Revisiting the Distinctions in Goodness."
"The Excellent and the Beneficial."
Luck, Value, and Commitment: Themes From the Ethics of Bernard Williams, Ulrike Heuer and Gerald Lang (eds.), Notre Dame Philosophical Review, February 2013.
“Raz on Personal and Impersonal Value,” Razfest: Workshop in Honour of Joseph Raz, organized by Amanda Greene, Ulrike Heuer and David Owens, London, July 2018.
“A Mortal Excellence,” Inaugural Alumni Lecture: Colloquium Series, Columbia University, March 2018.
Excerpt from The Value of Humanity, Ancient and Contemporary Philosophy Workshop 2017-18, organized by Katja Maria Vogt, Columbia University, February 2018.
“The Normativity of Good For,” Workshop on Well-being, organized by Mauro Rossi, Sarah Stroud, and Christine Tappolet, Montreal, February 2017.
“Must We Be Just Plain Good?” online discussion on PEA Soup with a precis by Richard Kraut, January 2018; Joseph Raz’s Law School Colloquium, Columbia University, October 2015; Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, and University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, February 2012; also presented at The Mentoring Workshop for Women in Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, June 2013; and the Mellon Foundation, Columbia University, May 2011.
“What is This Subject Called Ethics?,” Flash Seminars, Johns Hopkins University Initiative for furthering the Humanities, October 2015.
Commentary on Joseph Raz’s “On the Justifications of Traditions,” at The Authority of Tradition, College of William and Mary, October 2014.
“On the Value of Human Beings,” New York German Idealism Workshop, New York, April 2014; also invited to present at Dignity and Autonomy in Kant’s Ethical Theory, University of St Andrews, May 2011; also presented at Rocky Mountains Ethics Congress, Boulder Colorado, August 2014.
On Mike Titelbaum's "Reasons Without Reasons-For," St Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality, St Louis, May 2017.
On Paul Boswell's "Guise of the Good," The Northwestern Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics, Evanston, April 2017.
“Responsibility and the Value of Noumenal Beings,” Northwestern University Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics, Evanston IL, May 2013.
On Eamon Quinn’s “Values in Partiality,” presented at Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder Colorado, August 2011.
On Anne Baril’s “Eudaimonist Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Normative Ethical Theory,” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, Boulder Colorado, August 2010.
“Korsgaard on Moral Responsibility,” Aspects of Responsibility, Central European University, July 2009.
“Conservatism and Criticism,” The Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, July 2008.
“The Value of Truth: On Friction and Sincerity,” The Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 3–8 July 2005.
Workshop on the Value of Humanity, Johns Hopkins University,
Scholarships and Awards
GSAS Teaching Fellow
Columbia University, 2011
Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow
ISERP, Columbia University 2010–2011
Columbia University Scholars Program, 2010–2011
Toby Strober Memorial Scholarship
Dissertation Fellowship 2009–2010; and 2010–2011
Summer School Scholarship
Central European University, 2009
Columbia University GSAS Scholarship
Full funding for the graduate program, 2006–2012
University of Sydney, 2006–2009
Lucy Firth Prize
Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2005
Andrew Donald Campbell Memorial Prize
Highest course-work results in MPhil Program, University of Sydney, 2004
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
Full Funding For MPhil Program
University of Sydney, 2004–2006
APA Supplementary Scholarship Award
Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney, 2004–2006
Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2003
John Anderson Prize For Best Honours Thesis
Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2003
UWA Graduates Association Prize Arts (English)
Faculty of Arts, University of Western Australia, 2002.
James Bourke Memorial Prize in Third Year English
Department of English, University of Western Australia, 2002.
S A Grave Prize in Third Year Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, University of Western Australia, 2002.
Walter Murdoch Prize in First Year English
Department of English, University of Western Australia, 1999.
Teaching at Johns Hopkins University
Virtue, Reason, and the Good (graduate seminar).
Topics in Meta-Ethics (philosophy majors seminar; graduate seminar).
The Value of Humanity (graduate / undergraduate seminar).
Foundations of Ethics (graduate seminar).
Topics in the Theory of Value (graduate seminar).
Introduction to Moral Philosophy (lecture course).
Topics in Plato (freshman seminar).
Sandy Koll, The Value of Relationships, Johns Hopkins University (successfully defended, May 2017).
Kevin Powell, in progress.
Cameron Davis, Honors thesis, On Hedonistic Egoism, Johns Hopkins University.
Helen Zhao, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, On Vaccination Wars, Johns Hopkins University.
Service at Johns Hopkins University
Dean’s Teaching Fellowship Review Committee for 2016-7.
Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spring 2015.
Political and Moral Thought Committee, 2014-ongoing.
SOHOP Presentation, What is Philosophy?, Spring 2015.
Faculty Mentor for Deans Undergraduate Research Award (DURA), 2013.
Dissertation Committee, James Gilmore, Intrinsic Goods and their Role in the Good Life in Plato, May 2013.
Dissertation Proposal Examiner
Third Year Paper Examiner
Referee, Journal of Philosophy, 2015.
Referee, Journal of Philosophical Research, 2015.
Referee, Philosophical Quarterly, 2012;
Charles and Emma Morrison Professor in the Humanities
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