I'm a philosophy doctoral student at the University of Southern California. My main interests are at the intersections of value, metaphysics, and consciousness. I'm especially interested in affective experience—that is, painful and pleasurable experiences.
Most of us judge that it's good to feel pleasure, and bad to feel pain. Supposing that these value judgments are correct, what makes them correct? I aim to answer this question by carefully attending to the metaphysics of pleasure and pain. In this way, I hope to shed light on the relationship between experience and value more generally. In my dissertation, I explore and defend a kind of qualitative hedonism, according to which there is a very strong relationship between experience and value. According to the qualitative hedonist, a person's well-being depends fundamentally upon the qualitative characters of their experiences.
Photo taken by my partner, the inimitable Jennifer Foster