Works on philosophy of literature and moral philosophy, with a focus on personal narration, memoir and meaning in life.

My current research centers on philosophy of literature--in particular, the nature and value of memoir--and the question of what makes a life meaningful. The rest of my work in philosophy addresses questions of distributive justice in global politics. You can find descriptions of my papers here.

I also have a major interest in creative writing and public philosophy. You can find some essays, humor pieces and information about a couple of current book projects here.

I teach courses in ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of literature. You can find my cartoonish guide to taking philosophy classes here and descriptions of my courses here.

In my spare time, I like to read, swim, wander outside, and travel out west.


  • B.A., Victoria University
  • M.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Current and upcoming courses

  • This seminar will explore a range of questions concerning life's meaning. Is meaning possible in a world without God? What is the difference between a happy life and a meaningful one? What is the role of love, achievement, knowledge, beauty, virtue and authenticity in a meaningful life? Do the stories we tell about our lives contribute to their meaning? Is life, in the end, absurd - or just kind of awful? Does meaning now depend on death later? We will discuss answers to these and related questions, using readings from both philosophy and literature.