Although my position is at a teaching college (4/4 full time teaching load), I do try to keep pretty busy with research. Due to the heavy teaching load, these projects don’t move as quickly as I’d like, but they are continually moving forward nonetheless. Below I list my current publications, and I also note some projects that I am working on at the moment. I plan on taking a year-long sabbatical for calendar year 2009 with the aim of completing most, if not all, of the “in progress” projects below.
A. Published Work
- Existentialism for Dummies (Wiley Press, 2008)
- “Instilling Virtue: Weaving the One Thread of Confucius’ Analects,” in Discourse, Dec. 2006.
- “Thinking Outside the Room,” in Teaching Philosophy, Dec. 2006.
- “Confucian Harmony and Cosmetic Surgery,” in Teaching Ethics, Aug. 2007
B. Work in Progress
1. Virtual Debating. On the use of online forums to increase critical thinking skills through group debate.
2. Abstraction and General Reference. A defense of Locke’s use of a particular kind of mental entity to explain how general terms in language secure reference.
3. People Behaving Badly: Who is to Blame? A Confucian Analysis. A comparative examination of the differences between Confucian and typical Western intuitions about personal responsibility, and how they are explained by different understandings of the self and of free will.
4. Is Confucian Role Ethics a Virtue Ethics? A Response to Rosemont and Ames. A critical piece arguing that Rosemont and Ames’ suggestion that Confucianism is a “role ethic” — which they see as an autonomous ethical theory competing with virtue, deontology and utilitarianism — is incorrect.
5. Agent-Basing Confucius. I argue that Michael Slote’s claim that “agent-basing” (a radical form of virtue ethics) finds no ancient adherents is incorrect (because Confucianism can be understood in this fashion).
6. Confucian Negotiation. An analysis of the Confucian notion of ‘shu’ (partly critical of the approach taken by other authors). I argue that shu involves not only a kind of reciprocal negotiation with another living person, but also with one’s ancestors.