My current research engages Aristotle’s ethics, Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology, and feminist care ethics, to propose a model of ethical expertise grounded in empathy on the basis of the shared perspective developed in interpersonal relationships.
I am interested in philosophical issues related to friendship and relationships, emotions and affectivity, and questions about the development of habits and expertise.
More generally, my research interests are in Applied Ethics (especially Bioethics), Phenomenology, Ancient Philosophy (especially Aristotle), Philosophy of Emotions, and Philosophy of Health & Illness.
- “Grief, Phantoms, and Re-membering Loss” Forthcoming in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy 34, no. 3 (2020).
Here [link] is a description and short video of a public talk I gave on grief and mourning, as part of a Death Cafe organized by Dr. Michael Butler (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). The purpose of the talk was to create space for a public discussion of death, dying, grief, and mourning — topics that are often considered conversationally taboo.
- “Grief, Phantoms, and Re-membering Loss”
Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), Pittsburgh, PA (2019). [PDF of program].
- “Empathy, Perspective, Parallax”
International Merleau-Ponty Circle (IMPC), New York, NY (2019). [PDF of program]
- “Living with Ghosts: Being Haunted as a Structure of Experience”
International Association for the Philosophy of Death & Dying, Uppsala, Sweden (2018). [PDF of program].
- “Co-Perception and Shared Worlds in Aristotelian Virtue Friendships”
Collegium Phaenomenologicum. Citta di Castello, Italy (2018). [PDF of program].
- “Emotional Work in Progress: Empathy as an Interpersonal (Self-)Hermeneutic”
Canadian Hermeneutic Institute. York University, Toronto, Canada (2016).
- “Pain as an Intersubjective Experience”
Canadian Hermeneutic Institute, York University, Toronto, Canada (2013).