About Ian

I recently completed my PhD in the philosophy department at Washington University in St. Louis, where I defended a dissertation on depression under the direction of John Doris. Before I came to Wash U, I completed an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a B.A in philosophy from George Washington University. 


My main interests are in ethical theory, broadly construed. I am especially interested in the nature of well-(and ill-)being, virtue theory, and the epistemological role of the emotions. I also have interests in applied ethics, the philosophy of psychiatry, and the philosophy of mind. My dissertation is an exploration of the ways in which depression can illuminate questions in ethical theory, especially the nature of ill-being. 


For more information on my dissertation and other work, see my research page. 

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