University of Arizona
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
Meta-Ethics
Normative Ethics
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics Volume 14 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2019.
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics is the only publication devoted exclusively to original philosophical work in the foundations of ethics. It provides an annual selection of much of the best new scholarship being done in the field.
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Volume 8 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2013.
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics is the only publication devoted exclusively to original philosophical work in the foundations of ethics. It provides an annual selection of much of the best new scholarship being done in the field.
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics Volume 15 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. forthcoming.
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics 13 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2018.
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics is the only publication devoted exclusively to original philosophical work in the foundations of ethics. It provides an annual selection of much of the best new scholarship being done in the field.
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics, vol. 14 (edited book)
    . forthcoming.
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics 12 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2017.
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics is the only publication devoted exclusively to original philosophical work in the foundations of ethics. It provides an annual selection of much of the best new scholarship being done in the field
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Volume 13 (edited book)
    . forthcoming.
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics: Volume 7 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2012.
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics is the only publication devoted exclusively to original philosophical work in the foundations of ethics. It provides an annual selection of much of the best new scholarship being done in the field.
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Volume 6: Volume 6 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2011.
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics is the only publication devoted exclusively to original philosophical work in the foundations of ethics. It provides an annual selection of much of the best new scholarship being done in the field.
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    The Philosopher’s Role
    Stance 10 93-107. 2017.
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics 12 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2017.
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics is the only publication devoted exclusively to original philosophical work in the foundations of ethics. It provides an annual selection of much of the best new scholarship being done in the field
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    Moral Realism: A Defense
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (1): 265-269. 2003.
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    Moral Realism: A Defence
    Philosophical Review 115 (4): 536-539. 2003.
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    Moral Realism: A Defence
    Mind 113 (452): 778-782. 2003.
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    The Ethical Life, 3rd ed. (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2014.
  • Moral Indeterminacy
    Dissertation, The University of Arizona. 1992.
    My dissertation focuses on issues of indeterminacy in ethics and the philosophy of law. My aim is to establish the existence of moral indeterminacy and to show how we can allow some degree of indeterminacy in both ethics and the law without necessarily abandoning objectivist positions that may withstand noncognitivist or legal realist criticisms. ;The dissertation is divided into two parts. In the first, I devote a chapter to each of three sources of moral indeterminacy. The first chapter focuse…Read more
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    Oxford Studies in Metaethics: Volume 1 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2006.
    The contents of the inaugural volume of Oxford Studies in Metaethics nicely mirror the variety of issues that make this area of philosophy so interesting. The volume opens with Peter Railton's exploration of some central features of normative guidance, the mental states that underwrite it, and its relationship to our reasons for feeling and acting. In the next offering, Terence Cuneo takes up the case against expressivism, arguing that its central account of the nature of moral judgments is badl…Read more
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    On 9 May 2005, the Israeli Ministry of Health issued guidelines spelling out the conditions under which sex selection by preimplantation genetic diagnosis for social purposes is to be permitted in Israel. This article first reviews the available medical methods for sex selection, the preference for children of a specific gender in various societies and the ethical controversies surrounding PGD for medical and social purposes in different countries. It focuses then on the question of whether proc…Read more
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    Can punishment morally educate?
    Law and Philosophy 10 (2). 1991.
    Over the past ten years or so, there has been a renewed interest in the moral education theory of punishment. The attractions of the theory are numerous, not least of which is that it offers hopes for a breakthrough in the apparently intractable debate between deterrence theorists and retributivists. Nevertheless, I believe there are severe problems with recent formulations of the theory. First, contemporary educationists all place great emphasis on autonomy, yet fail to show how continued respe…Read more
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics: Volume Four (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2009.
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics is the only publication devoted exclusively to original philosophical work in the foundations of ethics. It provides an annual selection of much of the best new scholarship being done in the field. Its broad purview includes work being done at the intersection of ethical theory and metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. The essays included in the series provide an excellent basis for understanding recent developments in the field; …Read more
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    Brill Online Books and Journals
    Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (3). 2007.
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics: The First ten Years, 2006-2015 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press UK. 2016.
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics is the only publication devoted exclusively to original philosophical work in the foundations of ethics. It provides an annual selection of much of the best new scholarship being done in the field. Its broad purview includes work being done at the intersections of ethical theory with metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. The essays included in the series provide an excellent basis for understanding recent developments in the field…Read more
  • Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Volume 8 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2013.
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics is the only publication devoted exclusively to original philosophical work in the foundations of ethics. It provides an annual selection of much of the best new scholarship being done in the field
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    Moral judgement and moral motivation
    Philosophical Quarterly 48 (192): 353-358. 1998.
    I criticize an important argument of Michael Smith, from his recent book The Moral Problem (Oxford: Blackwell, 1994). Smith's argument, if sound, would undermine one form of moral externalism 2013 that which insists that moral judgements only contingently motivate their authors. Smith claims that externalists must view good agents as always prompted by the motive of duty, and that possession of such a motive impugns the goodness of the agent. I argue (i) that externalists do not (ordinarily) nee…Read more
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    The meaning of moral disagreements
    The Philosophers' Magazine 59 (59): 83-89. 2012.
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    Evolutionary Debunking, Moral Realism and Moral Knowledge
    Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 7 (1): 1-38. 2012.
    This paper reconstructs what I take to be the central evolutionary debunking argument that underlies recent critiques of moral realism. The argument claims that given the extent of evolutionary influence on our moral faculties, and assuming the truth of moral realism, it would be a massive coincidence were our moral faculties reliable ones. Given this coincidence, any presumptive warrant enjoyed by our moral beliefs is defeated. So if moral realism is true, then we can have no warranted moral be…Read more
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    Review of Joel Feinberg, Problems at the Root of Law (review)
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003 (9). 2003.
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    A defence of categorical reasons
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 109 (1pt2): 189-206. 2009.
    In this paper I offer two arguments designed to defend the existence of categorical reasons, which I define as those justifying considerations that obtain independently of their relation to an agent's commitments. The first argument is based on certain paradigm cases meant to reveal difficulties for practical instrumentalism—the view, as I define it here, that categorical reasons do not exist, because all reasons must serve the commitments of the agents to whom they apply. The second argument re…Read more
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    Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Volume 5 (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2010.
    Oxford Studies in Metaethics is the only publication devoted exclusively to original philosophical work in the foundations of ethics. It provides an annual selection of much of the best new scholarship being done in the field. Its broad purview includes work being done at the intersection of ethical theory and metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. The essays included in the series provide an excellent basis for understanding recent developments in the field; …Read more
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    Oxford Studies in Metaethics: Volume I (edited book)
    Oxford University Press UK. 2006.
    The contents of the inaugural volume of Oxford Studies in Metaethics nicely mirror the variety of issues that make this area of philosophy so interesting. The volume opens with Peter Railton's exploration of some central features of normative guidance, the mental states that underwrite it, and its relationship to our reasons for feeling and acting. In the next offering, Terence Cuneo takes up the case against expressivism, arguing that its central account of the nature of moral judgments is badl…Read more