Samuel Director

Hellems 15

T 10:30-12:30pm; and by appointment

My research falls broadly into three categories: applied ethics, political philosophy, and miscellaneous issues in philosophy of religion and epistemology.

In applied ethics, my research focuses on several areas. In reproductive/family ethics, I am interested in issues related to the moral permissibility of procreation, the nature of parental obligations, and the ethics of adoption. In sexual ethics, I am interested in issues related to the nature of consent and coercion in sexual interactions. And, in biomedical ethics, I am interested in issues related to consent in clinical contexts. Additionally, I have research interests in animal ethics. 

In political philosophy, my research focuses on a number of issues within the liberal tradition. Specifically, I am interested in topics related to public reason liberalism, its origins, and its contemporary applications.  I am also interested more broadly in theories of political obligation and authority, with special focus on the nature of consent in the context of governmental authority. 

In philosophy of religion, I am interested in a broad array of issues related to philosophical theology, the meta-ethical implications of theism, and arguments for the existence of God. In 2017, I published a paper "Why the Perfect Being Theologian Cannot Endorse the Principle of Alternative Possibilities" in the European Journal for Philosophy of Religion.

In epistemology, I am interested in issues related to social epistemology, especially the epistemology of disagreement and the influence of implicit biases on our cognitive processes. In a forthcoming paper in Disputatio, I argue that Jennifer Saul's recent attempt to justify skepticism by appealing to the influence of implicit biases fails.

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