University of Pittsburgh
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 2010
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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    Against the Instrumental Principle: A Kantian Account
    Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy 44 71-76. 2018.
    In a much-discussed passage, Kant claims that it is an analytic proposition that whoever wills an end wills the necessary means to that end. The standard reading of this passage holds that Kant was here implicitly appealing to a normative principle; viz. that whoever wills an end ought also to will the means to that end. I argue here that the normative reading is mistaken, and that Kant was in fact asserting that the willing of the necessary means analytically follows from the willing of an end.…Read more
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    The Conditionality of Hypothetical Imperatives
    Kantian Review 18 (3): 439-460. 2013.
    Kant famously distinguishes between the categorical imperative (CI) and hypothetical imperatives (HIs), which are instrumental norms. On the standard reading, Kant subscribes to the of HIs, which takes HIs to be consistency requirements that bind agents in exactly the same way whether or not agents are subject to CI and whether or not they conform their choices to CI. I argue that this reading cannot be squared with Kant's account of an agent's disposition, in particular his claim that cognition…Read more