My primary areas of philosophical interest are in the philosophy of religion (philosophical eschatology, the problem of evil, divine hiddenness, theological aesthetics) and value theory (animal ethics, metaethics, and the philosophy of literature). Additional interests include embodiment’s implications for moral psychology, axiological debates over normative grounding, the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, and ancient Greek philosophy (specifically, Plato).
Philosophy of Religion
Within the philosophy of religion, I’m interested in topics such as philosophical eschatology, the problem of evil, divine hiddenness, and theological aesthetics, as well as the possibility of bringing non-Western forms and concepts of religion into conversation with traditional European ideas. Recently, my work has focused mainly on the metaphysics of the Afterlife and the substance of God’s presence (both ontologically and phenomenologically understood) to explore the possibility of a phenomenological ontology of eternity (wherein Heaven and Hell are identical in essence but experienced differently by the blessed and the reprobate).
Rather than segregating aesthetic questions of beauty and art to the periphery of the conversation, Practical Aesthetics seeks to explore classical questions in aesthetics with an eye for their potential applications to other traditional areas of philosophical concern such as ethics, moral psychology, and the philosophy of religion; to date, my work demonstrates this in my development of an aesthetically-grounded argument for veganism (that also adapts principles from Aristotle, cognitive science, and emotion theory), an aesthetic model of the phenomenology of forgiveness practices, and a revitalization of Augustine’s aesthetic theodicy, among other projects. I am also interested in questions about truth-makers in fiction, aesthetic normativity, detection problems (in metaethics), existentialist approaches to stories (including film) as pedagogical devices, and the work of Ricoeur, Merleau-Ponty, and Kierkegaard.