Resisting Reductive Realism [draft available upon request]
Oxford Studies in Metaethics (Forthcoming, pending final review)
Abstract Reductive realism in ethics can be understood as a family of views organized around the claim that while at least some non-conceptual normative entities (e.g. properties, events, states of affairs, etc.) figure in a metaphysical account of everything, none of them do so at the most fundamental level. Ethicists appear to resist this family of views in a way that is bound up with the difficulty they exhibit in conceiving supervenience failures. I argue that explaining the distinctive way in which ethicists resist reductivism provides a new path to a kind of hybridism about normative concept use.
Moral Constraints on Gender Concepts [draft available upon request]
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (forthcoming, pending presentation at BSET)
Very Short Abstract I argue that a recently influential version of contextualism about terms like 'woman' and 'man' doesn't exhibit the right kind of flexibility to capture the way in which such words are used to communicate. I then float an alternative view that not only looks better suited in this regard, but also makes better sense of the significance of some forms of criticisms of mainstream gender ideology.
The Sense of Incredibility in Ethics
Philosophical Studies (2019)
Very Short Abstract I develop a new Hybrid account of the nature of normative concepts and use it to explain why we are able to make certain natural-to-normative inferences and vice versa. I also use it to begin explaining away the Reductivist-unfriendly "just too different" intuition.
Moral Realism, Speech Act Diversity, and Expressivism
The Philosophical Quarterly (2019)
Very Short Abstract I explore Cuneo's transcendental argument for moral realism from the fact that we perform speech acts, arguing along the way, among other things, that his argument isn't neutral between reductive and non-reductive realism and that the book contains resources for offering a new challenge to expressivists.
Reductivism, Nonreductivism, and Incredulity about Streumer's Error Theory
Analysis Reviews (2018)
Very Short Abstract I argue that reductivists and nonreductivists have compelling responses to Streumer's objections. I then argue that this offers a more compelling explanation of why we tend to resist believing the error theory than Streumer's explanation that we cannot believe it.
Epistemic Modesty in Ethics
Philosophical Studies (2018)
Very Short Abstract After explaining why we cannot know the true "first-order" ethical theory, I show, among other things, how Reductive Realists can appeal to this fact to defend their view from an influential objection.
Very Short Abstract Over the course of summarizing Volume Three and Does Anything Really Matter?, I argue that Parfit does not give us strong reason to think that Naturalists, Expressivists, and Non-Realist Cognitivists agree.
Conceptual Analysis in Metaethics
Routledge Handbook of Metaethics (2017), joint work with Stephen Finlay
Very Short Abstract We critically survey, for a general philosophical audience, various positions on the nature, use, possession, and analysis of normative concepts, while highlighting some underappreciated problems for such positions along the way.
Non-Analytical Naturalism and the Nature of Normative Thought: A Reply to Parfit
Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (2015)
Very Short Abstract I show that Derek Parfit's (2011) argument for the claim that Synthetic Reductive Realism is either false or incoherent fails.
Very Short Abstract I argue that there are several unacknowledged premises that Stephen Finlay (2014) needs to derive Reductivism about the metaphysics of goodness from his semantics for 'good'.