Morality, the Problem of Possible Future Selves, and Christmas Parables

In my 2016 book, Rightness as Fairness: A Moral and Political Theory, I argue that morality is a solution to a problem of diachronic rationality called ‘the problem of possible future selves.’ To simplify (very) greatly, the problem–which is partially inspired by L.A. Paul’s groundbreaking work on transformative experience–is that (A) our present …

New Blog: Underappreciated Philosophy?

I’d like to invite everyone to check out this new blog I’ve started: Underappreciated Philosophy?. It’s something of an experiment. I have no idea if it will actually fly. But, or so it seems to me, it’s worth a try. Existing power-structures in the discipline — gender imbalances, biases, journal rankings, …

A New Theory of Free Will

Just a quick note that I recently published an article in The Philosophical Forum , “A New Theory of Free Will“, that may be of interest to readers (a free PDF of the penultimate draft is available here).  Here’s the abstract:  This paper shows that several live philosophical and scientific hypotheses – including …

A Profession-Wide Invitation

I hereby extend a profession-wide invitation to contribute to a new blog I have created that aims to be “by and for” early-career philosophers (including philosophers of mind and cognitive science!): The Philosophers’ Cocoon. This blog aims to be a safe and supportive “grass roots” forum for early-career professional philosophers — graduate students, …

Experiment Month Studies Now Live

The Yale Experiment Month studies have now gone live here.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, Experiment Month is an APA-sponsored initiative designed to give a selected number of applicants the opportunity to carry out studies in experimental philosophy.  There are a number of studies on the site that …