I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, based at the Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University. My interests are in moral, political, and legal philosophy. My research focuses on the nature of rights and directed duties, the justifications for and constraints on harming, the nature and scope of duties to rescue, and just war theory.
From October 2022, I will be a Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy, with the Uehiro Centre Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford. I will be working on the ERC project, Protecting Minds: The Right to Mental Integrity and the Ethics of Arational Influence project.
Before joining SCEWP, I completed my PhD on the St Andrews Stirling Joint Programme in philosophy. I was supervised by Rowan Cruft and Theron Pummer, and supported by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities and the Society of Applied Philosophy. Prior to my PhD, I completed the BPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (St John’s College), and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Kent, with a year abroad at the University of Calgary. While in Oxford, I worked with Jeff McMahan, Cécile Fabre, Thomas Douglas, and Thomas Sinclair.
Outside of philosophy, my wife and I have a five year old German Short Haired Pointer, Mouse. She likes to distract me from working and disrupt what would otherwise be philosophically-rigorous Skype meetings. We live in a forest on an island, Ingarö, a little outside Stockholm. When we lived in Scotland, we enjoyed bagging Munros. (This was our first, Ben Chonzie.)
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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