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
"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 how to think about groups acting for reasons | 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.
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.