Ana Mendieta, ‘Untitled (Silueta Series, Mexico)’, 1976
My main research program concerns dehumanization as a category of acts, attitudes, and social practices. Victims of inhumanity commonly complain that they were treated as objects, animals, or subhuman monsters, or that their humanity was invisible to those who abused them. I defend a unified theory of the dehumanization at issue—its nature, kinds, and moral profile—and argue that the wrong of various forms of inhumanity toward people is best explained by my theory. Future research in this area will attend to dehumanization's neighbors: infantilization, racism, ethnic prejudice, xenophobia, and evil.
In other strands of my research, I try (1) to trace the proto-ethical pressures of our human affective capacities and (2) to explore the moral significance of the fact that many of our moral obligations are obligations to others.
Recent and Upcoming Talks
06/2023: Keble College, University of Oxford, Workshop
‘Love and the Value of a Subject'
03/2022: Centre College, Colloquium
05/2022: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Workshop
01/2023: Society for the Philosophy of Sex & Love, Online Seminar
'Can People Be Treated as Animals?'
10/2021: Indiana University, Faculty Colloquium
04/2022: Kentucky Philosophical Association Meeting
04/2022: Rice Workshop in Humanistic Ethics
06/2022: Northwestern University Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politic