My research focuses on a
cluster of related issues surrounding the nature, origin, and force of our
obligations to ourselves and others. Within this general domain, my current
work is on enlightened self-interest both within Western perspectives
(neo-Kantian ethical constructivism and philosophical psychology) and Eastern
traditions (Yogic philosophy and Buddhism). I argue that as people become
better acquainted with themselves and the world, that natural motivations for
caring about others often converge with philosophical arguments for governing
our relationships with respect, kindness, and love. I am also an artist, photographer, and yoga teacher. My original art is on the covers of a half dozen philosophy books.
AOS: Meta-ethics, East-West Comparative Ethics, and Business Ethics
Pictured is the cover and frontispiece (by Heather Salazar)
Creating a Shared Morality: The Feasibility of Ethical Constructivism
book is devoted to discussing the potential of neo-Kantian ethical
constructivism. It in, I trace the history of constructivism and explain its
appeal as a compromise between the two primary theories of metaethics:
subjectivism and realism. I analyze the most developed and prominent version
of the theory, ‘Publicity as Shareability,’ advocated by Christine Korsgaard,
and explore the strengths and weaknesses of her arguments, the theory, and
its implications. I then develop my own version of neo-Kantian constructivism
which rejects several significant components within Korsgaard’s account.
Enlightenism is the result.