CURRENT RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
My areas of research focus on moral philosophy and philosophy of law, with special attention to the question of the moral permissibility of the use of force in for example self-defense, war, and punishment.
Honor and Revenge: A Theory of Punishment (Springer 2012): http://www.springer.com/philosophy/value+theory/book/978-94-007-4844-6
Justified Killing: The Paradox of Self-Defense (Lexington Books 2009).
“The Truth About Originalism,” The Pluralist (forthcoming)
"Does Animal Ethics Need A Darwinian Revolution,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (forthcoming)
“E.O. Wilson’s Evolutionary Ethics,” The New Atlantis 38 (Winter/Spring 2013).
"Understanding Honor: Beyond the Internal-External Dichotomy," Social Theory and Practice.
"Can Science Determine Morality? A Reply to Sam Harris," Neuroethics.
“Self-Defense, Innocent Aggressors, and the Duty of Martyrdom,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (2010). 91(1): 78-96.
(with John Kaag). “Military Frameworks: Technological Know-How and Legitimization of Warfare.” Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Winter 2010.
“Torture and the ‘Distributive Justice’ Theory of Self-Defense: An Assessment,” Ethics and International Affairs 22 (2008).
“Karma, Rebirth, and the Problem of Evil: Reply to Critics”, Philosophy East and West 57: 4 (October 2007).