My areas of research are value theory, moral psychology, and consciousness studies.

In my dissertation, I discuss the phenomenology, metaphysics, and ethics of pleasure and pain. I focus on their non-sensory varieties: emotional, aesthetic, and epistemic pleasure and pain. I argue that in order to do justice to the phenomenology of pleasure and pain we need to admit of non-sensory modalities of experience. A hedonic tone view of the nature of pleasure and pain becomes highly plausible. I finally consider how this view responds to fundamental challenges for hedonism about well-being: alienation, self-abasement, and self-deception.

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