I am interested in ancient ethics and moral psychology generally, but especially as they relate to questions about the objectivity of norms and value. Though my research interests include more than ancient Stoicism, I have found the project of trying to reconstruct and understand Stoic ethical views worthwhile and complex enough to absorb much of my attention to date. I have published two longer papers on some of the central features of Stoic ethical theory. One of these argues for an epistemic account of the value and disvalue the Stoics assign to so-called indifferents; the other reconstructs the Stoic theory of oikeiôsis to show how it supports Stoic claims about the human good.
I am currently working on a book manuscript that connects the conclusions of these papers to the Stoic theory of motivation and the details of Stoic moral psychology. I am also revising three related papers, one that discusses Carneades’ criticisms of the Stoic telos and two that deal with the Stoic account of emotion (pathos) and impulse (hormê). I would be happy to share drafts of these on request.