In my books and papers, I focus on questions that figure both in ancient and contemporary discussions: What are values? What kind of values are knowledge and truth? What does it mean to want one’s life to go well? When I’m not in NYC, I’m traveling with photographer and artist Jens Haas. On The Road has become an art project and a philosophical diary.
In my most recent book, Desiring the Good: Ancient Proposals and Contemporary Theory, Oxford (2017), I aim to show in which sense it may be true that human beings are “the measure” such that this is not a relativist proposal, but an insight about the nature of ethics. I’m interested in what (if anything) morality is and in the metaphysics of value. A project on Imagination and Agency is funded by the Templeton Foundation and part of a larger project on Happiness and Wellbeing. I aim to clarify the Aristotelian dictum that deliberation is about the possible, the range of cognitive activities involved in making the right decision, and what it means that some decision is right. In normative epistemology I’m currently working on ignorance. I co-authored two papers with Jens Haas, “Ignorance and Investigation” (2015), and “Incomplete Ignorance” (forthcoming).
I serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Philosophy, Apeiron, and Rhizomata, and as Associate Editor for philosophy of language, epistemology, and logic of Dialogoi: Ancient Philosophy Today. Starting in November 2018, I’m an editor of Nous.
An interview with Richard Marshall on, as he puts it and among other things, “the ever-urgent question on ‘what’s to be done?’ …”
A video of a lecture from my book Desiring the Good (2017) at the Munich School of Philosophy, Germany.
A video of a lecture at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies in Hamburg, Germany.