metaphysics, action theory, ethics
I work on issues at the intersection of metaphysics, the philosophy of action, and ethics—topics like the nature of causation, agency, free will, and moral responsibility, among others. I am author of Causation and Free Will (OUP, 2016), and co-author (with Bob Kane) of Do We Have Free Will? A Debate (Routledge, 2021). I am currently working on a book manuscript (tentatively titled Causalism, and expected to come out with OUP in 2023) that extends the project from Causation and Free Will. The main goal is to provide a unified causalist picture of agency and free agency, one according to which what makes a behavior an action or a free action is how the behavior was caused (the actual causes of the behavior). I note that causalism allows for the relevance of facts that might serve as grounds for the facts about actual causes. Thus, I am interested in exploring how the bare causalist view could potentially be “enriched” or supplemented by exploiting potential further grounds. Specifically, I am interested in exploring the role that powers (concepts such as dispositions, abilities, and the like) could play in a causalist conception of action and free action.