Areas of Specialization: Hume; history of Early Modern (especially Early Modern views of animal reasoning and science); philosophy of science; philosophy of mind and cognitive science; philosophy of language.
Richard’s central philosophical interest is the work of David Hume, particularly Hume’s theory of human (and animal) reasoning. Richard came to philosophy from creative writing, and thinks that the careful attention to the way people both speak and interact explains his text-centric approach to interpretive questions and his interest in the range of cognitive capacities of both human and non-human animals.
Areas of Specialization: Ethics, Metaethics, Bioethics
Areas of Competence: Action Theory, Political Philosophy, Environmental Ethics
Dissertation: How to Do Things with Reasons: Agency, Value, Choice
Kelly Heuer is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Georgetown University, where she splits her time between very abstract and very applied issues in ethics, with a special focus on practical reasoning and theories of agency. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2007, with high honors in philosophy, where she wrote a senior honors thesis entitled "The Scope of Morality: An Evolutionary Approach" with Selim Berker.
Her current research is organized by an ongoing fascination with the phenomenon of normative permissibility. How is it so much as possible for there to be an opening in normative space between the required and the forbidden? What sources of justification and coherence can we appeal to within this space to explain our choices? And how do these relate to the (apparently) more straightforward kinds of logical relations that characterize the required and the forbidden, the good and the bad, the best and the worst?
This year, she is finishing her dissertation with the support of a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship, but has previously designed and taught four courses in moral theory, as well as serving as a teaching assistant for courses at the College, Medical School, and the School of Foreign Service. She spent the past year working as Managing Editor of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, building on experience garnered in prior years as Editorial Assistant at Ethics and a Senior Staff Editor at the Harvard Review of Philosophy.
She maintains strong ties with the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, where she has previously served as a Graduate Fellow, as coordinator of the Bioethics Colloquium Series, as an assistant for the Second Wave conference on the inclusion of pregnant women in medical research, and as a co-investigator on an NIH-funded Challenge Grant project concerning the distinction between research and treatment in clinical research ethics.
Areas of Specialization: Phenomenology and Philosophy of Perception
Areas of Competence: Philosophy of Language, Environmental Ethics, Political Philosophy, Existentialism
Dissertation: Mind, Body, and World: Resolving the Dreyfus-McDowell Debate
James Olsen has been a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar since Fall 2011. Coming to Georgetown following a MA degree in International Affairs from George Washington University he has maintained an interest in political philosophy though his primary focus now concerns issues in contemporary phenomenology and philosophy of perception.
His dissertation is entitled “Mind, Body, and World: Resolving the Dreyfus-McDowell Debate” and is being written under the direction of William Blattner (chair), Mark Lance, and Mark Wrathall (UC Riverside). He argues for a phenomenologically sensitive form of conceptualism in human perception and experience, one that recognizes the intimate connection between our skillful practices, unreflective social norms, and conceptual capacities. Out of these arguments James is working on several separate but related papers that challenge the cognitive bias in the contemporary debate over nonconceptual content, explore the irreducibly multi-modal and skillful nature of human perception, and seek to clarify the relationship between sensori-motor or motor-intentional experience and language.
James is also very interested in issues of moral considerability and stewardship in environmental ethics. Drawing on both of his graduate degrees, he recently designed and taught an interdisciplinary course in environmental ethics, politics, and policy. Additionally he has taught courses in global justice, the history of philosophy, and normative ethics.
- Professor Henry Richardson elected to lead HDCA
- Professor Nancy Sherman participates in Religion & Ethics Newsweekly's Discussion
- Professor Henninger's translation of Amerini's "Aquinas" Released
- Professor Nancy Sherman Receives 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship
- Georgetown Graduate Matthew Rellihan Receives Tenure at Seattle University
- Mar 21, All day: Graduate Admissions Open House
- Mar 28, 3pm-5pm: Lecture Series: Mary Domski
- Apr 25, All day: Symposium: Toward a Constructive Ethical Pragmatism