My dissertation centers on the notion of the kathēkon (Latin: officium) in Stoicism. The project covers a constellation of topics ranging from Stoic axiology, action theory, moral psychology, and ethics-and it is united by an interest in giving an account of Stoic practical reasoning and deliberation.
I am also working on several other projects:
1. I am collaborating with Scott Weinstein and Brian Reese on a paper that explores Zeno’s so-called Paradox of Measure. We provide a novel exposition of the modern mathematical resolution of the paradox, and consider the extent to which this answer is accessible to the ancient mathematical understanding of the nature of the linear continuum.
2. I am in the early stages of a paper which provides a Rossian defense of the so-called ‘duty to adopt’ against objections raised in the applied ethics literature.
3. I have an abiding interest in the historical transmission of the Stoic notion of the kathēkon, which is transmitted into Latin as officium, and later as devoir in French, Pflicht in German, and duty in English. I am currently writing a history of the notion which begins with the early Hellenistic Stoa, moves through Ciceronian Stoicism to modern philosophy (via Pufendorf, among others), through to the Scottish Enlightenment (with implications for intellectual influence on the American founders).