Clemson, South Carolina, United States of America
Areas of Interest
Philosophy of Mind
  • Emotion, Moral Perception, and Character
    Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison. 2001.
    This dissertation challenges the common belief that the value of emotions, if any, lies chiefly in their ability to motivate. It argues that emotions are vital to being able to properly evaluate what one encounters in the world. The dissertation focuses on moral evaluation, examining the role of emotion in determining moral character by way of the effect of emotion on moral perception. The term "moral perception" refers to an evaluative apprehension or "taking in" of a situation, where this appr…Read more
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    Virtue and mentation
    Journal of Value Inquiry 40 (1): 83-87. 2006.
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    One of the most significant developments in the area of emotion theory in recent years is the revival of the psychoevolutionary approach to classification. This essay appraises the prospects for such an approach. The first contention is that the supposed advantages of psychoevolutionary classification over functional classification in scientific psychological research is less than presumed , particularly with respect to the utility of the classification , which is the basis of the argument for t…Read more
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    Emotion and Full Understanding
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (4): 425-454. 2008.
    Aristotle has famously made the claim that having the right emotion at the right time is an essential part of moral virtue. Why might this be the case? I consider five possible relations between emotion and virtue and argue that an adequate answer to this question involves the epistemic status of emotion, that is, whether the perceptual awareness and hence the understanding of the object of emotion is like or unlike the perceptual awareness of an unemotional awareness of the same object. If an e…Read more
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    On the Category of Moral Perception
    Social Theory and Practice 32 (1): 75-96. 2006.
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    Meaning and Affect
    The Pluralist 1 (2). 2006.
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    The land ethic, moral development, and ecological rationality
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 45 (1): 149-175. 2007.
    There has been significant debate over both the imiplications and the merit of Leopold’s land ethic. I consider the two most prominent objections and a resolution to them. One of these objections is that, farfrom being an alternative to an “economic” or cost–benefit perspective on environmental issues, Leopold’s land ethic merely broadens the range of economic considerations to be used in addressing such issues. The other objection is that the land ethic is a form of “environmental fascism” beca…Read more