About me

I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University.

My ASU profile is here.

I received a B.A. in Classics and English Literature from Magdalen College, Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews.

My research focuses on issues in ethics and political philosophy – especially marriage, procreative ethics, and disaster.  I’ve argued that the liberal state ought to support caring relationships.  I’ve also written on the relationship between liberalism and feminism, and the history of philosophy of marriage and the family.    My CV.

In light of Bob Dylan’s recent Nobel prize, I’m especially proud to have written on philosophical aspects of his thought.  With the permission of Open Court Publishing, here is my 2006 essay on freedom in Dylan and here’s a link to the book in which it appeared – Bob Dylan and Philosophy.

The full reference: “‘To live outside the law, you must be honest’: freedom in Dylan’s lyrics.” In Dylan and Philosophy, ed. Peter Vernezze and Carl J. Porter (Chicago: Open Court, 2006): 78-89. (The final version in the book may contain some slight changes from the document posted here.)

Some related thoughts were published in The Daily Nous, October 14, 2016.

I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy, a member of the Editorial Board of Social Theory and Practice, and a member of the Advisory Board of What’s Wrong?, “the not quite official blog of cu-boulder’s center for values and social policy.”