About Me

23434994_10155217873955028_6265383414471792584_nI am an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am also a  member of the Ethics Committee and the Ethics Consult Team at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. I first studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where I did a B.A. in philosophy and psychology, an M.A. in philosophy, and another M.A. in psychoanalytically-oriented clinical psychology. I then did my Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Chicago.

My research falls into two areas. The first area lies at the intersection of contemporary moral philosophy and 18th-century moral philosophy (esp. Hume and Smith). The second area is biomedical ethics, especially the values at play in the physician-patient relationship. I am also interested in the Scottish Enlightenment and 19th-century European philosophy (esp. Nietzsche), as well as in the philosophical foundations of psychoanalysis (esp. Freud) and the later Wittgenstein.