College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Philosophy
I received my Ph.D. at Emory University in 1995. After spending a year here at UofSC as a visitor, and then a year teaching philosophy in Ejisu, Ghana, I returned permanently to UofSC in 1997. I have twice had year-long fellowships at the James Madison Program at Princeton University; I’ve also had a visiting fellowship at the Eudaimonia Institute at Wake Forest University.
I work broadly in ethics, in an area of natural law philosophy popularly called the "new" natural law theory. My work spans the foundations of ethics, action theory, and various areas of practical ethics including medical ethics, the ethics of lying and truth-telling, and the ethics of killing. I'm currently working on some projects addressing questions of human rights, partly as a follow up to my recent work with the Commission on Unalienable Rights.
- The Way of Medicine: Ethics and the Healing Profession co-authored with Farr Curlin of Duke University (University of Notre Dame Press, 2021).
- Natural Law Ethics in Theory and Practice: A Joseph Boyle Reader co-edited with John Liptay of St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan (Catholic University of America Press, 2020).
- Lying and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
A recent article: "The Good of Play in John Finnis’s Natural Law and Natural Rights", Persona y Derecho 2020.
Other work available at Academia.edu.
Regularly Taught Courses
I teach a variety of undergraduate classes as needed, including Law and Religion, Introduction to Philosophy, Crime and Justice, and our Junior and Senior Seminars for Majors. Recent graduate seminars have focused on the work of Alasdair MacIntyre and Bernard Williams (2019) and the ethics of killing (2017).
Blogs and Public Philophy
I have published a number of more popular essays over the last 13 years for the online journal Public Discourse which are available here.