© 2017 Max Lewis

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Penn, I received an M.A. in philosophy from Brandeis University.

My main philosophical interests are in ethics (especially metaethics and normative ethics) and epistemology. I have secondary interests in philosophy of language, philosophy of action, philosophy of religion, and aesthetics.

My current research project is aimed at socializing moral epistemology. Much of this project is carried out in my dissertation. There I develop a novel account of the epistemic norm of moral assertion, which requires a moral asserter to have some degree of what I call moral appreciation and the ability to share some of this appreciation with her audience. In the process of defending this norm, I develop an account of moral appreciation, argue that it’s importantly distinct from current accounts of moral understanding, and argue that moral appreciation is the epistemic goal of moral inquiry. I then use my account of the norm of moral assertion to explain our aversion to moral deference and to defend moderate pessimism about moral deference. 

My committee is: Errol Lord (advisor), Lisa Miracchi, Daniel J. Singer, and Sandy Goldberg (Northwestern)..

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

MAX LEWIS