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My books focus on different ways philosophical reflection can concretely shape our lives.
  1. The Good Life Method: Reasoning Through the Big Questions of Happiness, Faith and Meaning (with Paul Blaschko). New York: Penguin Press. (2022). Paperback (2023 forthcoming)
    • An original research monograph in virtue ethics, pitched to a broad audience. The book develops a Neo-Aristotelian approach to reasoning through core questions of belief, morality, faith, and meaning. Some case studies and arguments are drawn from the curriculum in our popular God and the Good Life course; others are new to the book.
    • International Publishers: Hayakawa (Japan)
  2. Time Biases: A Theory of Rational Planning and Personal Persistence. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (2018). Paperback (2022)
    • An original research monograph in practical rationality and ethics.  Develops, defends, and applies a theory of temporal neutrality, drawing on sources from psychology, contemporary ethics and metaphysics, and the history of philosophy.
    • Reviewed in: NDPR, The Philosophical Review, The Journal of Moral Philosophy, Analysis, Economics and Philosophy, The New Yorker [Being Updated].

Books in Progress

  1. Samaritanism: Moral Responsibility and Our Inner Lives
    • A research monograph on love and the foundations of moral, religious and democratic reasoning.

Article Drafts in Progress, in Production, or Under Review

  1. “Time Biases” for Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Time. (In-Progress)
  2. “Modal Logic and the Methodology of Metaphysics: A Case Study in the Relationship Between Formalism and Abduction”
  3. “Loving Strangers: Reasons for Love and Supererogation”

Published and Forthcoming Research Articles

  1. “Philosophy as a Way of Life” Feature Length Review Essay for Ethics. (July 2023)
  2. “Scheduling Deliberation” for Philosophical Perspectives 2022.
  3. “Temporal Discounting in Psychology and Philosophy: Four Proposals for Mutual Research Aid” for Temporal Asymmetries in Philosophy and Psychology. Oxford University Press.
  4. “What Matters in Psychological Continuity? Accommodating Profound Psychological Change in Unbiased Egoistic Concern” (with Preston Greene) for Identity and the Self: Advances in Experimental Philosophy London: Bloomsbury, ed. Kevin Tobia.
  5. “Time.” Updated entry for Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (with Nina Emery and Ned Markosian) 2020.
  6. “Public Conversion, Private Reason and Institutional Crisis” in Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. 2019.
  7. “Teaching Evil.” for Christian Philosophy: Conceptions, Continuations and Challenges. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2019.
  8. “Personal Volatility” for Philosophical Issues (supplement to Nous) 2017.
  9. Yet Another “Epicurean” Argument” (with Peter Finocchiaro) Philosophical Perspectives.  Special Issue: Metaphysics.
  10. “Boring Ontological Realism.” Res Philosophica 2017.
  11. “A Philosophy for the End (Whenever It Comes).” for Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy. Special issue on remote consequences and ethical analysis.
  12. An A-Theory Without Tense Operators.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy. Vol 46, Issue 4-5 (2016), pp 735-758.
    • Reprinted in Williamson on Modality. ed.s Juhani Yli-Vakkuri and Mark McCullagh (London: Routledge, 2018)
  13. Are There Essential Properties?” Current Controversies in Metaphysics. ed. Elizabeth Barnes. (New York: Routledge, 2017)
  14. The Semantic Problem of Hiddenness.” Hidden Divinity and Religious Belief: New Perspectives. eds. Adam Green and Eleonore Stump. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015) pp 35-52.
  15. Against Time Bias.” Ethics. Vol 125 (July 2015), pp.1-24. (with Preston Greene)
  16. The Irrelevance of Essence .” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Vol 91, No. 2 (Sep 2015).
  17. Modal Oecumenism.” Analysis. Vol. 75, Issue 2 (2015), pp.271-283.
  18. Metaphysics.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (Oct 2014)
  19. Modal Logic as Methodology.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Vol. 88, Issue 3 (May 2014) pp.734-743.
  20. Change We Can Believe In (and Assert).” Nous. Vol. 48, Issue 3 (Sep 2014), pp. 474-495.
  21. Peter van Inwagen’s Defense.” Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil. eds. Daniel Howard-Snyder and Justin McBreyer. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), pp. 396-410.
  22. The Minimal A-Theory.” Philosophical Studies. Vol 158, Issue 2 (2012), pp. 149-174.
  23. Problems for Temporary Existence in Tense Logic.” Philosophy Compass. (Jan 2012), pp. 43-57.
  24. Semantics for Blasphemy.” Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion. Vol. 4 (2012), pp. 159-173.
    • Finalist for the 2010 Younger Scholars Prize in Philosophical Theology.

Book Reviews

  1. Review of Objective Becoming (Bradford Skow) for The Philosophical Review.
  2. Review of Midlife: A Philosophical Guide (Kieran Setiya) for Commonweal
  3. Review of The Moving Spotlight (Ross Cameron) for NDPR.
  4. Review of The Future of Philosophy of Time for NDPR (Feb 2012).
  5. Review of The Practice of Catholic Theology (Paul Griffiths) for Commonweal. (Oct 2016: Theology Issue)

Recent Articles/Media for Popular Audiences

  1. The Limits of Longtermism” for Commonweal. (March 2023)
  2. Good Samaritans? Another Approach to the Politics of Abortion” Commonweal (Sep 2022)
  3. The Right Questions” Commonweal Podcast (Jan 2022)
  4. The Man of Many Worlds Eps 1 and 4” Hi-Fi Nation (Oct 2021)
  5. How Future Thinking Can Change Our Perspective During Covid.” Psychology Today Blog. (Feb 2021)
  6. The Problem with Lazarus” Feature Essay for Commonweal (Apr 2019)
  7. Time Biases“. Elucidations: University of Chicago Philosophy Podcast.