I am a second-year philosophy PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh. I did my undergraduate work at Seton Hall University, where I double majored in philosophy and religious studies. I am also currently an editor at 1,000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology.
My research interests range widely over normative ethics, moral psychology, and metaphysics. Recently, I have been especially interested in three sets of questions:
(1) When, and why, are we justified to be partial towards our loved ones? Why are we justified to favor their well-being over that of strangers? Why are we justified to trust their testimony more than the testimony of strangers?
(2) Is death ever bad for the individual who dies? Should we lament our mortality?
(3) What should we infer from the fact that we did not, and likely will not, care about many of the things we currently care about? What does that say, for example, about the rationality of long-term planning? Or about the desirability of living a prolonged life? Or about backward-looking attitudes, like gratefulness and regret?
Besides philosophy, I also really like animation and science fiction!