Business Ethics & Normative Ethics
"Wronging by Requesting" with N. G. Laskowski, Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics (Vol.11), forthcoming | penultimate draft
In a sentence: It's bad to ask for things from people close enough to you to know what you need.
"Strategy (Part I): Conceptual Foundations," Philosophy Compass, forthcoming | penultimate draft
In a sentence: Strategies are plans, roughly.
"Modern Portfolio Theory and Shareholder Primacy," Business Ethics Journal Review, 2019 | published version
In a sentence: Shareholders might deserve compensation at the cost of equity as has been recently suggested, unless that is not a fair price.
"Can a Corporation Be Worthy of Moral Consideration?" Journal of Business Ethics, 2019 | penultimate draft
In a sentence: If corporations are morally responsible, then we should probably think they have some degree of moral status.
"Do I Think Corporations Should Be Able to Vote Now?" Business Ethics Journal Review, 2018 | published version
In a sentence: There are ways to argue that corporations do not deserve the right to vote, though they may not be available to me unfortunately.
Philosophy of Action & Metaphysics
"Group Action Without Group Minds," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, forthcoming | penultimate draft
In a sentence: Groups can act, and they don't need minds to do it, since their members can play the role of recognizing their reasons.
"Causal Exclusion and Ontic Vagueness," Australasian Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming | penultimate draft
In a sentence: The efficacy of a composed object is not threatened by the causal work of its parts if it's vague which objects are among its parts.
"Habitual Weakness," Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 2019 | penultimate draft
In a sentence: We regularly act weakly as a matter of habit, and this has implications for discussions about weakness of will.
"Avoiding Late Preemption with the Right Kind of Influence," Philosophia, 2019 | penultimate draft
In a sentence: You can judge whether an event makes a difference to an effect by excising the event and seeing if things are different in any way.
"Omissions as Events and Actions," Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 2018 | penultimate draft
In a sentence: Omissions exist as events that occur where we are, and we can be blamed for them.
"The Vague Time of a Killing," Philosophical Studies, 2018 | penultimate draft
In a sentence: If I shoot you and you die later, it's vague when I killed you, because 'to kill' is semantically vague.
"Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility, by Randolph Clarke," Mind, 2015 | penultimate draft
In a sentence: Clarke offers a disjunctive account of omissions, and I have concerns about that.
Under Review (titles hidden for blind review)
Paper on the nature of competitive advantage | draft
In a sentence: Competitive advantage is a dispositional property of firms to succeed relative to peers.
Paper on holding corporations responsible | draft
In a sentence: It's worth it to make firms pay for their crimes.
Paper on the extent of corporate excuses with Paul Garofalo | abstract
In a sentence: Firms are excused for doing bad things if doing the right thing would constitute a competitive disadvantage.
Paper on the morality of investing | draft
In a sentence: Buying stocks in immoral firms threatens your judgment and autonomy in various ways, so you shouldn't do it.
Paper on the metaphysics of action | draft
In a sentence: People who like Davidson's Causal Theory of Action but not his metaphysics of action should say that actions are constituted.
"Strategy (Part II): Applications" (under commission)
In a sentence: An understanding of the concept of strategy is used to consider the ethical questions in business, sports, and war.
"Corporate Weakness" | abstract
In a sentence: Firms can have weak wills too.
"The Market Failures Approach and the Ideal World Objection" | abstract
In a sentence: Heath's view gets the point of how firms should act, but not the rules for it.
Paper on backwards causation | draft
In a sentence: My administrator once retroactively enrolled me for a course, and I argue that this is literally backwards causation.
Paper on the ontological emergence of properties in social systems | draft
In a sentence: Properties of social systems are emergent, but this can't be adequately captured by extant accounts of emergence.
Paper on the causal exclusion problem that appeals to the relation of constitution | draft
In a sentence: A constituted artefact causes some things in virtue of the fact that it is constituted, so it won't be causally excluded.