In graduate school, my focus was, "Ethics," and that's still the area of philosophy that most interests me. To borrow an example from J.R.R. Tolkein's Silmarillion, I think of morality as a musical "theme" that humans are asked to play but also adorn as they live their lives and decide how to shape their societies. One of the things that I find facinating about this process is how often our "playing of the theme" is an essentially social endeavor--the "why" of what I am doing often only makes sense by reference to the "why" of what my "co-actors" (colleagues, friends, fellow church-members, etc.) are doing. If we're going to accomplish much that is of worth, we have to depend on one another and act together. I think this applies both at the level of the "great" things humans do (human accomplishments) as well as the horible things we do. So, one big question that I am chewing on right now is how to understand responsibility for these great or not-so-great endeavors when we are acting in groups. Is there such a thing as corporate (group) sin? How are individuals responsible for the "actions" of the many groups to which they belong (e.g., a church, a family, a country, or a company)? What does good collective action look like when all the humans involved are oh-so-far from perfect? What does a good human life look like lived out in a far-from-ideal community?
I live in Wilmore with my fun, brilliant, wonderfully thoughtful and amazingly organized husband. We like to spend our free time together watching sports (Kentucky basketball for him; Notre Dame football for me), playing strategy games, and coming up with new nicknames for our dog, a small fluffy mutt. When I am by myself, I love reading fiction, some of my favorite "just for fun" authors being Anthony Trollope and (even now as an adult) L.M.Montgomery.
- Ph.D., The University of Notre Dame, Philosophy, May 2011
- M.A., The University of Notre Dame, Philosophy, January 2007
- B.A., Asbury University, History and Philosophy, May 2004