My research is primarily dedicated to topics and thinkers in the British Moralist tradition. I am drawn to working on underrepresented figures in the period – currently, that includes John Gay, Damaris Masham, and Catharine Trotter Cockburn. That said, I still spend a lot of time thinking and writing about David Hume and Adam Smith. Along with contributing to research on non-canonical figures in Modern philosophy, I am drafting a monograph on the British Moralist tradition, centered on debates about the scope and limits of reasonable partiality. For more on this larger project, see my Research Statement.
If you’re interested in checking out some of my articles, see:
- John Gay and the Birth of Utilitarianism (Utilitas)
- Catharine Trotter Cockburn’s Democratization of Moral Virtue (Canadian Journal of Philosophy)
- Adam Smith and the Stoic Principle of Suicide (European Journal of Philosophy)