Some recent publications (8/6/16):
I am currently at work on a (text)book entitled Making Moral Progress: A Moral Arguments WorkbookThis book evaluates moral arguments using basic formal logic and starts with common arguments, what ordinary people often say about the issues, before moving on to arguments from developed by philosophers. The book will be useful for a variety of audiences and contexts. 

For my current writings, please see my Academia.edu page:


What's below might not be current, but the Academia.edu page is.

My writing and research areas are broad. Most of them are in areas of "applied" philosophy, especially practical ethics. I am also currently engaged in a number of collaborate research projects with medical researchers, medical and mental health care providers, social scientists and legal scholars. 

Many of my publications are also available at Academia.eduGoogle Scholar PhilPapers and PubMed. If the link below doesn't work, just Google the title or email me, please. 
Synopsis: I argue that common reasons to think that no moral judgments are true suggest that epistemic judgments, e.g., that some belief is rational, justified or should be held, are not true either. I argue that these epistemic anti-realisms are rationally unacceptable and that the major premises that entail them are false. Thus, I undercut the case against moral realism, which rests on these premises. Chapters:
1. Moral & Epistemic Realisms
2. Defending Epistemic Deontologies
3. Ayer and Stevenson's Ethical and Epistemological Emotivisms
4. Hare's Epistemological Universal Prescriptivism [article version here]
5. Mackie's Epistemic Nihilism
6. Harman's Epistemic Relativism
7. Contemporary Moral and Epistemic Irrealisms

Articles & Presentations:
  • "'Coulda', 'Woulda', 'Shoulda' Arguments: Modal Moral Arguments" (in preparation, with Devon Belcher)
  • "An Argument for Veganism" (in preparation, with Dan Hooley)
  • Making Moral Progress: An Ethical Arguments Workbook (in preparation)
  • "Bioethics and Cancer Biomarker Research" (in preparation, with scholars from Tuskegee Institute and University of Alabama, Birmingham). 
Commentaries & letters: