I'm a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas. I got my degree from the University of California, San Diego. I work mainly in ethics, and I have a growing interest in the history of that subject, especially the British Moralists, Hutcheson through Mill. I recently published a book called The Basic Minimum: A Welfarist Approach. Click on the right to buy it! My newest book, The Limits of Moral Authority is currently in press with Oxford University Press UK; coming to better book stores in April 2016.
I was recently invited by the Australian National University to be their 2016 Harsanyi Visiting Fellow; I'll be taking up that fellowship in June. For the 2012-2013 academic year, I was on research leave from the University of Kansas to take up a faculty fellowship at The Murphy Institute at Tulane University.
NOTE: All papers in progress are subject to substantial revision. The papers are in varying states of polish. Please do not cite without permission.
In my spare time I like to watch movies. Besides the obvious, my most recent favorites have been in the American film noir canon (and the French appropriation, especially Clouzot, Becker, and Melville), and the Australian and German New Wave(s). I've also got a soft spot for Bette Davis' sixties-era Grand Guinol thrillers. I'm also interested in mid-century American culture and design. I can very often be seen listening to this radio show.