Nicholas Engel

Title | Organization: 
Graduate Student | Ph.D. program in Philosophy
Student Year: 
8th Year PhD Student (Dissertation Phase)
Areas of Specialization: 

Ethics, Metaethics

Areas of Competence: 

Metaphysics, Aristotle, Medieval Philosophy


Ethical irreduciblists assert that some ethical terms denote ethical properties that are numerically distinct from any property that can be denoted by an ideal language impoverished by ethical terms. In my dissertation, I argue that ethical irreduciblists should be ethical non-centralists: they should deny that thin ethical properties are explanatorily prior to thick ethical properties. In elaborating and defending this thesis, I argue for a number of surprising lemmas: that the most common formulations of ethical supervenience are unintelligible; that fitting-attitude accounts of value are cotenable with values-based accounts of judgment-sensitive attitudes; and that the reasons relation is not primitive, but rather a special instance of the relation that holds between questions and answers.