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Nathaniel Baron-Schmitt

Nathaniel Baron-Schmitt

Postdoctoral researcher, Freie Universität Berlin

Metaphysics, action theory, and ethics

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Before joining the Centre, I was a postdoc at MIT; before that, I was a teaching fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government while completing my PhD, also at MIT (September 2020).

My research is in metaphysics, action theory, and ethics. A main focus is on the metaphysics of causation, actions, and events: I defend the view that causes most fundamentally are “things”, including objects and living beings, rather than events, and I plan to explore the implications of this for theories of agency that appeal to agent causation. I am also interested in what work by linguists on verbal aspect can teach us about these topics. Additionally, I have an interest in the metaphysics and axiology of human achievement. Other interests in metaphysics include time, powers, and explanation, and in ethics they include supererogation and duties to oneself, the link between caring and value, and incarceration.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation