Research

My dissertation centers on the notion of the kathēkon (Latin: officium) in Stoic ethics and moral psychology. I am particularly interested in the Stoic theory of practical reasoning and deliberation. Additional information about my project is forthcoming. 

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 defending a Rossian defense of an all-things-considered duty to adopt.

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).

4. I think that interpreters of the Hippocratic deontological works are faced with a puzzle centering on the moral motivations of the ideal Hippocratic doctorThe puzzle is brought to the fore by my reading of two Hippocratic treatises, Decorum and Physician. I am continuing to reflect on the significance of this puzzle for our understanding of ancient medical ethics, and ancient moral philosophy more broadly.