I work in political philosophy, ethics and metaphysics.
I am currently completing a Ph.D. in philosophy at New York University. Before NYU, I did the B.Phil. at the University of Oxford.
My dissertation is about how American democracy falls short of democratic ideals and why these shortfalls matter. Here is a draft.
My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is my CV.
My research is in three areas. In political philosophy, I am interested in how well U.S. democracy lives up to democratic ideals. My work in this area marries normative political theory with empirical political science. Practically, that means looking at a disparate body of empirical findings and determining what they mean for democratic values. In my view, they show that the U.S. does not achieve much of what makes democracy valuable. This, I think, has an enormous impact on the rights and duties of American citizens. In ethics, I have two separate projects. On the one hand, I am interested in the place of organizations—charities, businesses, governments—in our moral lives. On the other, I am interested in how much we should care about, or value, various things. In metaphysics, my work is on grounding. I am developing a coarse-grained conception of ground. I have outlined a logic for this conception, solved some paradoxes with it, and used it to prove some interesting principles about grounding. You can find many of the papers constituting these projects below.
The Ethics of Asymmetric Politics. Email me for a draft. Abstract.
Adam Lovett and Jake Zuehl. The Possibility of Democratic Autonomy. Email me for a draft. Abstract.