Business Ethics & Normative Ethics
"Markets within the Limit of Feasibility," Journal of Business Ethics, forthcoming | journal link | penultimate draft
In a sentence: If a moral version of a market in some good is infeasible, we are not permitted to pursue it.
"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 | journal link | 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 | journal link | 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
"Emergence within Social Systems," Synthese, forthcoming | journal link | penultimate draft
In a sentence: Properties of social systems (like 'being a jaywalking') emerge in a way not captured by current models and possibly strongly.
"Group Action Without Group Minds," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, forthcoming | journal link | 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 | journal link | 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 | journal link | 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 | journal link | 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 | journal link | 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 | journal link | 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 | journal link | 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 | In a sentence: Competitive advantage is a dispositional property of firms to succeed relative to peers. draft
Paper on holding corporations responsible | In a sentence: It's worth it to make firms pay for their crimes. draft
Paper on corporate excuses with Paul Garofalo | In a sentence: Firms are excused if doing the right thing would constitute a competitive disadvantage. abstract
Paper on the morality of investing | In a sentence: Investing in immoral firms threatens your judgment/autonomy in various ways, so you shouldn't do it. draft
Paper against respondeat superior | In a sentence: We should not appeal to respondeat superior as a doctrine in the criminal law. draft
Paper on backwards causation | In a sentence: My administrator once retroactively enrolled me for a course, and this is literally backwards causation. draft
"Strategy (Part II): Applications" (under commission) | In a sentence: Applications of the strategy concept are explored in business, sports, and war.
"Metaphysics Incorporated" | In a sentence: Corporations are not groups of people or legal fictions; instead, they are artifacts constituted by the assets. abstract
"Fair Decisions, Hard and Soft" with Greg Faletto | In a sentence: Different conceptions of fairness may be weighed differently in practical reasoning. abstract
"Corporate Weakness" | In a sentence: Firms can have weak wills too. abstract
"The Market Failures Approach and the Ideal World Objection" | In a sentence: Heath's view gets how firms should act, but not the rules for it. abstract
Paper on the causal exclusion problem that appeals to the relation of constitution | draft