I am a philosopher interested in a wide range of issues including ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, moral psychology, and bioethics.

I hold the Arthur Zitrin Chair of Bioethics and am the Director of the Center for Bioethics and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Philosophy at New York University.

I am the author of The Right to Be Loved (Oxford University Press, 2015); Moral Brains: The Neuroscience of Morality (Oxford University Press, 2016); Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2015); and over 50 articles in philosophy and bioethics.

I have given TED and TEDx talks in New York and CERN, Switzerland, and I have been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, the BBC, Harper’s Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, Scientific American and other media outlets.

I am also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Moral Philosophy, a peer­-reviewed international journal of moral, political and legal philosophy and has written on philosophy, morality, bioethics and human rights.

From 2006 to 2009, I was the Deputy Director and James Martin Senior Research Fellow in the Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University.

I was the Harold T. Shapiro Research Fellow in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University in 2003-2004, and a Greenwall Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a Visiting Researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University from 2004-2006. I obtained my doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University and graduated magna cum laude with an AB from Princeton University.

In May 2007, I founded Ethics Etc, a group blog for discussing contemporary philosophical issues in ethics and related areas.

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