My current research is focused on contrasting notions of moral skill in ancient Greek and Chinese philosophy. Where once it was common to put one's trust in the moral guidance of a guru or sage, people today are often quite skeptical of claims regarding moral expertise. This skepticism seems to have developed along two fronts. On one hand is a philosophical view that moral skill is a wholly intellectual, disembodied affair. On the other hand is an increased populism in the public sphere that seems to hold in contempt expertise in fields such as politics and medicine.
In opposition to such skepticism, I seek to mine ancient notions of virtue, sagacity and artisanship for an embodied account of moral skill appropriate for our contemporary world.
I am currently exploring how such an historical and comparative analysis yields insights in various philosophical areas, including meta-ethics, philosophy of action, and artificial intelligence.