Nicholas Smyth Brown University
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I'm a PhD candidate at Brown University working in Normative Ethics, Meta-Ethics and Moral Psychology. I'm interested in such questions as: (1) What would it mean to establish that a moral theory has authority over our practical lives? (2) How do human beings understand and interpret the practical reasons on which other human beings act? (3) What is/are the functional role(s) of such concepts as blame, guilt, integrity, character and 'human being'? (4) How have those conceptual roles evolved over cultural history? (5) Is there such a thing as a purely descriptive moral psychology?