Research

Research Interests

I work primarily on issues and figures in moral psychology, ethics, Kant, aesthetics, and 19th and 20th century European philosophy.  My focus in recent years has been on self-knowledge and self-opacity, and on the relationship between philosophy and film. I also work on issues in moral repair (especially apology), topics in Kant’s moral and aesthetic philosophy, and on the significance of aesthetic experience quite generally.  Figures I work on include Immanuel Kant, Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Stanley Cavell, James Baldwin, and Iris Murdoch

I am writing a book tentatively entitled Opaque Animals: On Self-Opacity, Agency, and Experience, and on a project on film and philosophy, specifically on the philosophical significance of genre films.  I am also writing papers on Kant and aesthetic judgment, apology, the significance of sexuality in Freud’s theory of mind, and the role of the social world in the formation of self-knowledge.