I am currently a PhD candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Philosophy at Princeton University. I grew up in western Montana, and received my Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Classics from the University of Montana. For the 2017-2018 academic year I am a visiting member of the Philosophy, Science and the Sciences research training group at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
I work primarily on classical philosophy, and my research focuses on Plato's and Aristotle's demarcation of philosophy in the marketplace of ideas in 4th-century Greece. My dissertation considers Plato’s and Aristotle’s engagements with some of their most formidable contemporary rivals—whom Plato calls “eristics” and Aristotle calls “sophists”—and presents an account of the ways in which they delineated philosophy in the context of their polemics against these opponents. I argue that the most important way in which both philosophers distinguish themselves from the eristics was by refining their conceptions of genuine philosophical argumentation in ways that allowed them to diagnose eristic arguments as fallacious. I show that it was in large part through their efforts to distance themselves from the eristics that Plato laid the groundwork for, and Aristotle brought to completion, the first system of logic in Western philosophy.
In addition to my research in classical philosophy, I have strong interests in contemporary ethics generally and in environmental ethics in particular. Within environmental ethics, I work on questions about intrinsic value in nature, the metaphysical status and value of species and ecosystems, the relationship between environmental ethics and more traditional branches of ethical inquiry, and climate change ethics.
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