Title | Organization:
Graduate Student | Ph.D. program in Philosophy
5th Year Ph.D. Student (Dissertation Phase)
Areas of Specialization:
Social and Political Philosophy, Anti-Racist Critical Theory
Areas of Competence:
Feminist Philosophy, Ethics and Moral Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy (esp. Locke)
Phil’s dissertation concerns how political actors under conditions of oppression effectively pursue emancipation. He engages primarily with the political thought of antebellum Black abolitionists, such as Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany, in developing an account of emancipatory political agency and political practices that promote such agency. Phil is particularly interested in Douglass and Delany’s diagnosis of the inefficacy of antebellum abolitionist organizations—that such organizations reproduce the very same oppressive hierarchies that they mean to combat—how antebellum Black abolitionists addressed the problems posed to emancipatory politics by this phenomenon, and lessons we can draw for emancipatory politics today.
Phil also has substantial interests in the value of political participation, the nature of moral and political standing, and the role of humility in Locke’s epistemology.
“Deliberation and Emancipation: Some Critical Remarks,” Ethics 129(1), October 2018