I am a student in the Philosophy Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University. I specialize in Ethics and the History of Philosophy, with related interests in Social/Political Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion.
I am most committed to investigating the various ways philosophers have historically sought to address fundamental ethical questions, in particular: What are ethical claims? How are such claims justified? On what basis are we beholden to them? And how should they inform our social, political, or religious lives?
My philosophical work to date has most frequently engaged with Kant, German Idealism (Hegel), Existentialism (Kierkegaard, Nietzsche), Psychoanalysis (Freud, Kristeva), Critical Theory (Adorno), and Phenomenology (Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida). I am especially drawn to those ethical notions which seem to exceed the status of duty or the “ought”, e.g. love, forgiveness, faith, hope, and grace.
I previously completed an M.A. in Philosophy at The New School for Social Research, M.Sc. in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and Hon. B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Toronto.