About Me

20150711_075914I am an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I hail from Israel, but spent most of my childhood in South Africa. 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 interests lie at the intersection of contemporary moral philosophy (incl. normative ethics, metaethics, practical reason, and moral psychology) and the history of moral philosophy (esp. Hume, Smith, Nietzsche, and Freud). I also have serious research interests in biomedical ethics (esp. the values at play in the doctor-patient relationship). Finally, I am interested in Scottish Enlightenment and 19th-century European philosophy more broadly, as well as in the philosophy of psychoanalysis and later Wittgenstein.

[Both photos were taken in the Ladakh region of northern India, which I visited in summer 2015: the sky over Stakna Monastery and me during the Sham Valley Trek]