Office: H&SS 8084
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1985.
Before coming to UCSD in 1995, I taught at Harvard and MIT. My main areas of research lie in 19th century German Philosophy, ethics, and social and political philosophy. As a historian, I am especially interested in the development of ethical thought in German philosophy from Kant to Nietzsche, and its relevance for contemporary ethical theory. As a moral philosopher, I am especially interested in "normative meta-ethics," that is, with the philosophical questions concerning the nature of morality. I have a strong interest in Kant generally (both his practical and theoretical philosophy) and a growing interest in Nietzsche. I have also worked in applied and professional ethics and on philosophical problems of race.