About Me

I am Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University, where I also taught in the Core Curriculum.

My research interests include normative ethics (esp. non-ideal moral theory), aesthetics (esp. aesthetic normativity), and philosophy in/of literature (esp. Proust).


Literary Intentionalism: A Shared Interpretive Policy, Metaphilosophy, Vol. 50, Issue 4 (2019): 503-15

Grounding Aesthetic ObligationsBritish Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 58, Issue 3 (2018): 271-85

Valuing and Believing ValuableAnalysis, Vol. 77, Issue 1 (2017): 59-65

Love and Transience in ProustPhilosophy, Vol. 91, Issue 4 (2016): 541-57

Philosophy, Literature, and Emotional Engagement: A Response to NanayJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 73, Issue 2 (2015): 196-200

Book Reviews

Richard Moran, The Philosophical ImaginationEuropean Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 26, Issue 3 (2018): 1180-3

Rafe McGregor, The Value of Literature, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 73, Issue 3 (2017): 311-4

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Partiality as a Non-Ideal Practice (Florida International University, November 2019; APA Central Division, February 2019 (symposium); NYU Center for Bioethics, March 2018)

Practice-Based Accounts of Aesthetic Normativity (APA Pacific Division, April 2020; London Aesthetics Forum, December 2019; ASA Annual Meeting, October 2019; Aesthetics in the Reasons Revolution, May 2019)

Moral Theory and Moral Unfreedom (APA Eastern Division, January 2019 (poster); Felician Ethics, October 2017)

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