Fordham University
Department of Philosophy
Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
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    In the field of contemporary metaethics, discontinuity theories that also want to defend the objectivity of moral claims tend to be broadly Kantian.While several such theories have made good use of what William Hosmer Smith labels a “narrow phenomenology” of ‘what it is like’ for agents to be confronted with what appear to be objective, categorical demands, he rightly observes that “they haven’t yet fully articulated the experiences that make this moral deliberation possible and to which it is b…Read more
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    Book Notices (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 43 (4): 560-560. 2003.
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    Sincerity, Honesty, and Communicative Truthfulness
    Philosophy Today 57 (4): 343-357. 2013.
    The practice of ascribing dispositions of communicative truthfulness to others is necessary if language-use is to be effective. In this article, through a phenomenological analysis of everyday judgments about the sincerity and honesty of others, the author shows that, in learning to employ these two distinct concepts correctly, users of language are learning that communicative truthfulness is morally significant insofar as it manifests fairness (in the case of honesty) and the goods of affectiv…Read more
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    Philosphical Obstacles to Shared Reponsibility for Climate Change
    Journal of Religion and Society 56-72. 2013.
    This article seeks to explain and debunk some of the most common ways citizens in developed countries rationalize their failure to reduce carbon emissions by showing how our culturally inherited conception of individual responsibility conspires with certain ordinary moral intuitions to preclude judgments of complicitous accountability. I argue that accountability for climate change can be made intelligible by understanding each individual’s responsibility to be rooted in our shared capacity for …Read more
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    The Plausibility of Client Trust of Professionals
    Business and Professional Ethics Journal 33 (1): 83-98. 2014.
    Trust is a crucial component of the relationship between a professional and those whom the professional serves because those served often lack the past experience and specialized training necessary to adequately assess the reliability of the professional’s judgments on their behalf. This article is an attempt to enhance our understanding of the conditions under which client trust of a professional is plausible. Trust, I will explain, is an emotional attitude with a unique evaluative dimension th…Read more
  • The Rhetoric of Sincerity in an Age of Terror
    In Kem Crimmons Herbert de Vriese (ed.), The Reason of Terror, . pp. 185-207. 2006.
    One of the distinguishing features of late-modern democratic politics is the extent to which the media, voting public, and politicians are preoccupied with the personal sincerity of political leaders. This chapter explores the role such a preoccupation has played in reshaping our understanding of political accountability. Through a philosophical investigation of the rhetorical force of sincerity in verbal responses to terrorist acts, I show how an excessive concern with the sincerity of politica…Read more
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    The Value of a Phenomenology of the Emotions for Cultivating One’s Own Character
    New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy 10 303-317. 2010.
    This article demonstrates the unique value of a Husserlian phenomenological account of the affective (or “feeling”) dimension of emotional experience for realizing Aristotle’s vision of the cultivation of virtue. Through an analysis of envy, the author defends the claim that the affective dimension of self-assessment is central to the process of conceptualization by which we learn to apprehend our own emotional responses. Analytic conceptual analyses that dismiss the subjective, affective correl…Read more