I’m an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University. I grew up in Wisconsin, went to Reed College, and got my PhD at the University of Michigan. Before moving to Auburn, I taught at the University of Kentucky for six years.
I work primarily in the philosophy of language, with additional interests in metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, metaethics, and the philosophy of law. Most of my projects relate to normative questions about concept and word choice, along with the linguistic mechanisms by which such questions are debated, negotiated, and settled. These topics sometimes go by the name conceptual ethics or conceptual engineering, while the mechanism that has been my primary focus is what David Plunkett and I have called metalinguistic negotiation.
Current or recent projects focus on the semantics of aesthetic terminology, the difference between "substantive" and "verbal" disputes, the negotiation of word meaning in legal discourse, the use of disagreement-based arguments in aesthetics and metaethics, and on connections between conceptual ethics, semantics, and metaphysics.
My papers have appeared in Philosophical Studies, the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophers' Imprint, Inquiry, and Legal Theory, among other venues.