My research tends to lie within normative ethics, practical ethics, and metaphysics. My doctoral research, funded by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, focuses on the moral reasons we have to do less than best in the context of beneficence, and how these might map onto practical debates, including longtermism and, more generally, our obligations to help future people. You can hear me talk about my research here and here.
Outside of my doctoral research, I am generally interested in distributive justice, alongside the ethics of risk imposition and harming. I enjoy the practical application of ethical theory to public policy - especially health policy. I also work in metaphysics and the philosophy of death, with a special interest in animalist accounts of personal identity.
Below you can find an overview of some of my more developed work. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to see any drafts.
1. (2022). Must We Vaccinate the Most Vulnerable? Efficiency, Priority, and Equality in the Distribution of Vaccines, Journal of Applied Philosophy, with Stephen John
2. (2021). Costa, Cancer, and Coronavirus: contractualism as a guide to the ethics of lockdown, Journal of Medical Ethics, with Stephen John
3. A paper arguing that longtermism is in conflict with scepticism about aggregation when viewed from both the ex-ante and ex-post perspectives. (draft)
4. A paper arguing that our thinking about charitable donation mistakenly ignores the importance of agglomeration.
5. A paper criticising the 'Impairment Argument' against the permissibility of abortion (with Kyle van Oosterum).
6. A paper arguing that fairness requires paying special attention to the risks facing presently existing people.
7. A paper demonstrating that somaticism does not save the animalist from the corpse problem.
8. A paper on consent and unauthorized medical examinations.
9. A paper on the ethics of cerebral organoid research.