How is biotechnology changing the way we think about moral and legal responsibility?

I am an experimental philosopher—that is, a philosopher who uses the tools of psychology and cognitive science to inform my philosophical work. My main areas of research include action theory, free will, moral psychology, neuroethics, criminal law, psychopathology, and punishment. During my career, I have published research with philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, medical doctors, legal scholars, a federal judge, and a theologian. I have also published work with undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs. I not only thoroughly enjoy collaboration, I think it improves my philosophical work.

 

Latest Research

Action and Responsibility

To what extent are our intuitions about intentional action, foresight, and responsibility subject to biases that may undermine their reliability when it comes to legal decision making?


Neuroscience, Free Will, and Responsibility

What likely effects will future advances in neuroscience actually have on the way we view free will and responsibility? What effects should these advances have on our views and practices?


Philosophy of Psychiatry

Is psychopathy a mental disorder rather than merely a personality disorder and, if so, what implications does this have for criminal law? 


Cognitive Enhancement

How do people think about the complex relationship between the mind, the body, and the self, and the ever increasing technological power to alter, repair, and even enhance the mind, the body, and the brain?