My research interests are in hermeneutics and phenomenology. I have worked on historical concerns in this area, especially the relationship between Heidegger and Gadamer. I argue that Gadamerian hermeneutics enables a rehabilitative approach to modern culture and thought that builds on but improves upon Heideggerian insights. This work has also guided my systematic interests in aesthetics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of the human sciences. Here, I am now working on 1. an account of normativity appropriate for hermeneutical thought; and 2. a revitalized conception of humanism as a response to modern alienation.