Department of Philosophy
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Project: Decomposing Humanity: Animal Psychology in Ethical Theory
This work explicates the role of psychological capacities in ethical theory, including especially capacities -- examples include consciousness and inference -- that we share with many animals lacking capacities of reflective and critical reason. Among the claims it elaborates and defends are (i) that all and only conscious beings possess moral standing; (ii) that many animals lacking critical reason act freely and are (non-morally) responsible for their actions; and (iii) that moral responsibility is the exclusive domain of critical reasoners, a category likely including (on Earth) only humans.