I'm pleased to introduce the next Featured Philosopher: David Enoch! We're all very excited that David agreed to participate. I'm going to let him talk for himself after the jump, so without further ado, please welcome David!
I am really grateful to be featured here on PEA Soup (and I am totally flattered by the company). Thanks so much for this, and for the attention to my work. I am happy to discuss anything in the vicinity of anything I've written about or I'm about to write about. Here's a short list of some possible topics.
- Most of my work has been in metaethics, where I defend a shameless kind of robust, non-naturalist realism. So far, the last version of this is in my Taking Morality Seriously, but I am about to write a defense of it following critical comments for a Philosophical Studies symposium (by Richard Joyce, Jimmy Lenman, Kate Manne, and Dave Sobel), so I’m definitely revisiting this stuff. I also did some negative work in metaethics, against constituvism, against constructivism, and against any idealized response-dependence view.
- I have a recent series of papers on reason-giving, not in the sense of stating one’s reasons, but in the sense of making it the case that someone has a reason. In this context I started from the most abstract discussion of reason-giving, the main example of which I take to be the case of requests; I then proceeded to draw lessons in the general theory of authority, and in legal philosophy (about legal positivism, for instance). When I do more political philosophy (see below), I hope to utilize this line on authority to see what follows form it to the case of political authority.
- My next big project is in political philosophy, where I’m “going after” Public Reason theories (at least of the broadly speaking Rawlsian type). I haven’t written much on this at all, though I have discussed some of these things in critical pieces on Waldron’s Law and Disagreement and on Estlund’s Democratic Authority. More recently, I engaged in some detail Gaus’s The Order of Public Reason. And I’m going to be presenting my as-yet-to-be-written paper “Against Public Reason” in the first Oxford Studies of Political Workshop in October. Naturally, I’m eager to get any feedback or initial thoughts on this, so here’s the abstract.
- I also wrote about many other things which I’m happy to discuss if others are interested: In epistemology,about the justification of basic belief-forming methods, and about peer disagreement; in ethics and the philosophy of law, about moral luck, and about its relation to legal luck; in legal theory, about slippery slope arguments, and about statistical evidence; and a really neglected paper about epistemicism and nihilism about vagueness.
Again thanks so much – I’m really looking forward to discussing these (or other) things with PEAsoupers.