I am a philosopher working at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and public policy. More specifically, I think and write about ethics, philosophy of public policy, decision theory and rationality, economic methodology, and the application of economic methods to philosophical problems.
One core concern of much of my recent work is a desire to better understand what morality and rationality require of us, individually and collectively, when we don’t know what the future may hold. I am interested particularly in whether ordinary people and policy-makers faced with uncertainty are required to follow some variant of expected utility theory, what that even means in the first place, what the alternatives may be, and how plausible these are. What’s at stake in this debate, in practical terms, is how much room we can make for genuine risk aversion and precaution in public policy and in our ordinary lives.
I further have active research interests in responsible artificial intelligence, paternalism and (behavioural) welfare economics, dynamic and inter-temporal choice, values in science and democratic theory. Below, you can find my peer-reviewed published work as well as work in progress roughly (and imperfectly) grouped by subject area.
Ethics and Public Policy:
- Social Science, Policy and Democracy (Work in Progress)
- Taking Risks on Behalf of Another published Online First in Philosophy Compass.
- Merely Means Paternalist? Prospect Theory and ‘Debiased’ Welfare Analysis (Work in Progress)
- Risk Imposition by Artificial Agents: The Moral Proxy Problem (2022) in Silja Vöneky, Philipp Kellmeyer, Oliver Müller and Wolfram Burgard (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Responsible Artificial Intelligence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Cambridge University Press.
- Time for Caution (2022) in Philosophy and Public Affairs 50 (1), pp. 50-89.
- Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Public Policy: On the Dangers of Single Metric Accounting (2021) in LSE Public Policy Review 2(2), p.4.
- On the Possibility of an Anti-Paternalist Behavioural Welfare Economics (2021) in Journal of Economic Methodology 28 (4), pp. 350-363.
- Bargaining and the Impartiality of the Social Contract (2015) in Philosophical Studies 172 (12), pp. 3335-3355.
Decision Theory and Rationality:
- Preference Cycles and the Requirements of Instrumental Rationality (Work in Progress)
- Judgementalism about Normative Decision Theory (2021) in Synthese 198, pp. 6767–6787.
- No Escape from Allais: Reply to Buchak (2020, with Jonathan Weisberg) in Philosophical Studies 177, pp. 2493–2500.
- Instrumental Rationality Without Separability (2020) in Erkenntnis 85, pp. 1219–1240.
- Risk Aversion and the Long Run (2019) in Ethics 129 (2), pp. 230–253.
- Decision Theory (2019), contribution to The Open Handbook of Formal Epistemology, edited by Richard Pettigrew and Jonathan Weisberg, published open access at PhilPapers.
- Temptation and Preference-Based Instrumental Rationality (2018) in José Bermudez (ed.), Self-Control, Decision Theory, and Rationality, Cambridge University Press.
- Risk Writ Large (2017, with Jonathan Weisberg) in Philosophical Studies 174 (9), pp. 2369–2384.
Economic Methodology and Philosophy of Science:
- Folk Psychology and the Interpretation of Decision Theory (2021) in Ergo 7.
- In Defence of Revealed Preference Theory (2021) in Economics and Philosophy 37 (2), pp. 163-187.
- On the Hidden Thought Experiments of Economic Theory (2016) in Philosophy of the Social Sciences 46 (2), pp. 129-146.
- The Epistemic Division of Labor Revisited (2015) in Philosophy of Science 82 (3), pp. 454-472. (programmed with Netlogo)