I am a professor of philosophy at Princeton University. Previously I taught at USC, after receiving my PhD from NYU (2019), BPhil from Oxford (2015), and AB from Princeton (2013).
I work mainly in ethics. My interests include the ethics of population, distribution, and risk; the formal structure of value relations; the measurement and aggregation of well-being and other values; philosophical foundations and applications of social choice theory; and the creation and preservation of value. I have also written about reasons and rationality, propositional attitude reports, and the logic of comparatives.
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- The Sum of Well-Being. Mind (2023): 1-31.
- Ethics Without Numbers. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2023): 1-31.
- The Case for Comparability (with Cian Dorr and Jake Zuehl). Noûs 57 (2023): 414-453.
- Strong Dictatorship via Ratio-Scale Measurable Utilities: A Simpler Proof. Economic Theory Bulletin 11 (2023): 101-106.
- Calibration Dilemmas in the Ethics of Distribution (with H. Orri Stefánsson). Economics and Philosophy 39 (2023): 67-98.
- Aggregation Without Interpersonal Comparisons of Well-Being. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 105 (2022): 18-41.
- Conservatisms about the Valuable. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 100 (2022): 180-194.
- Totalism Without Repugnance. In Ethics and Existence: The Legacy of Derek Parfit, ed. Jeff McMahan, Tim Campbell, James Goodrich, and Ketan Ramakrishnan (Oxford University Press, 2022): 200-231.
- Consequences of Comparability (with Cian Dorr and Jake Zuehl). Philosophical Perspectives 35 (2021): 70-98.
- Utils and Shmutils. Ethics 131 (2021): 571-599.
- Rank-Weighted Utilitarianism and the Veil of Ignorance. Ethics 131 (2020): 87-106.
- A Fixed-Population Problem for the Person-Affecting Restriction. Philosophical Studies 177 (2020): 2779-2787.
- Asymmetries in the Value of Existence. Philosophical Perspectives 33 (2019): 126-145.
- An Intrapersonal Addition Paradox. Ethics 129 (2019): 309-343.
- Hopes, Fears, and Other Grammatical Scarecrows. The Philosophical Review 128 (2019): 63-105.
- Normative Reasons as Reasons Why We Ought. Mind 128 (2019): 459-484.
- The Good, the Bad, and the Transitivity of Better Than. Noûs 52 (2018): 874-899.
- Priority, Not Equality, for Possible People. Ethics 127 (2017): 896-911.
- Status Quo Bias, Rationality, and Conservatism about Value. Ethics 125 (2015): 449-76.
- Teaching Philosophy through Lincoln-Douglas Debate (with Peter van Elswyk, Ben Holguín, and Ryan Davis). Teaching Philosophy 36 (2013): 271-89.
- A Counterexample to Parfit's Rule Consequentialism. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 6 (2012): 1-11.