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 have advanced a novel interpretation of the dialectical structure of Plato’s Euthyphro Argument (Euthyphro, 10a-11b). I argue that my own interpretation of the ‘substitution stage’ of Socrates’ argument resolves the tension between two ill-fitting pieces of interpretive data that all commentators accept. 

2. 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.

3. I am in the early stages of a paper defending the ‘duty to adopt’ against the objection that this duty would violate one’s special interest in biological procreation. 

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.