Fellow, University of Oxford
Metaphysics, Ethics, Legal Philosophy
I am visiting from Oxford, where I am an Associate Professor. I work on several issues at the intersection of metaphysics, ethics and legal philosophy. Questions I have thought about recently include: What, if anything, is wrong with punishing someone now for a crime they will commit in the future? Is it possible to change the past? Is moral responsibility like a pie, in the sense that there is a fixed amount of responsibility for every outcome to be divided up amongst those, if any, who are responsible for it? What is the right way to criminalize those who help or encourage others to commit crimes?
I'm particularly interested in the concept of partial responsibility, which I think should be understood in terms of partial causation. I'll be thinking about that during my time in Berlin. I'm also hoping to finish work on two side projects, one on the epistemic condition on responsibility, and one on so-called 'New Zeno' puzzles and what they tell us about the connection between joint and individual abilities.