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    Moral Luck and the Possibility of Agential Disjunctivism
    European Journal of Philosophy 26 (1): 308-332. 2018.
    Most presentations of the problem of moral luck invoke the notion of control, but little has been said about what control amounts to. We propose a necessary condition on an agent's having been in control of performing an action: that the agent's effort to perform the action ensured that the agent performed the action. The difficulty of satisfying this condition leads many on both sides of the moral luck debate to conclude that much of what we do is not within our control, and, at the limit, unde…Read more
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    Moral Worth and Moral Hobbies
    Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 4. 2017.
    won a shopping spree on her birthday, but the 99-year-old Californian wanted nothing for herself. Instead, she used the opportunity to make well-stuffed holiday stockings for children in need, which she plans to distribute through her church. “I’m going to cry, I’m so happy,” she said last week as she filled her cart with toys and candy, along with essentials like toothbrushes and socks, at a 99-cent store in Beverly Hills. “I feel bad that I can’t do it for every [poor child],” Goldstein said. …Read more
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    Kant on the motive of (imperfect) duty
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 60 (6): 569-603. 2017.
    This paper argues that Kantians face a little discussed problem in accounting for how actions that fulfill imperfect duties can be morally motivated. It is widely agreed that actions that are performed from the motive of duty are performed through a recognition of the objective necessity of the action. It is also generally held that the objective necessity of an action consists in its rational non-optionality. Many actions that fulfill imperfect duties, however, are rationally optional. Given th…Read more
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    Kant and Kierkegaard on Inwardness and Moral Luck
    Philosophical Investigations 38 (3): 251-275. 2015.
    The traditional understanding of Kant and Kierkegaard is that their views on the good will and inwardness, respectively, commit them to denying moral luck in an attempt to isolate an omnipotent moral subject from involvement with the external world. This leaves them vulnerable to the criticism that their ethical thought unrealistically insulates morality from anything that happens in the world. On the interpretation offered here, inwardness and the good will are not contrasted with worldly happe…Read more
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    Kierkegaard's Indirect Communication of Kant's Existential Moment
    Res Philosophica 90 (4): 503-523. 2013.
    This paper distinguishes between two rationalist readings of Either/Or: the Rational Argument Interpretation, according to which the aim of the book is ultimately to offer a rational argument in favor of living ethically, and the Rational Presupposition Interpretation, according to which the pseudonymous authors presuppose that it is rational to live ethically. The paper argues in favor of . In particular, it argues that the fundamental presuppositions of Either/Or are those of Kant’s moral phil…Read more