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    Epicureanism and Skepticism about Practical Reason
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 1-14. forthcoming.
    Epicureans believe that death cannot harm the one who dies because they hold the existence condition, which states that a subject is able to be harmed only while they exist. I show that on one reading of this condition death can, in fact, make the deceased worse off because it is satisfied by the deprivation account of death’s badness. I argue that the most plausible Epicurean view holds the antimodal existence condition, according to which no merely possible state of affairs can be good or bad …Read more
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    Possible Intentions and the Doctrine of Double Effect
    Ethics, Medicine and Public Health 8 11-17. 2019.
    Under the standard formulation of the Doctrine of Double Effect, an act is permissible only if it is the result of an intention to do good and not the result of an intention to do bad. Many find that this absurdly ties the act’s permissibility to the agent’s character and not to features of the act itself. In light of such criticism, some philosophers have reformulated the doctrine so that it holds that an act is permissible given that it results from an intention to do good by some agent. I arg…Read more
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    Unbunking Arguments: A Case Study in Metaphysics and Cognitive Science
    In Alvin Goldman & Brian McLaughlin (eds.), Metaphysics and Cognitive Science, . pp. 384-402. 2019.
    This chapter develops a style of argument that realists can use to defend the methodological propriety of appealing to a given range of intuitions. Unbunking arguments are an epistemically positive analogue of debunking arguments, and they revolve around the claim that the processes dominantly responsible for beliefs about a given domain are reliable. However, processes cannot always be assessed for accuracy with respect to the relevant domain, so this chapter also develops the cross-domain stra…Read more