I am Duane L. Peterson assistant professor of ethics in the Philosophy Department at Johns Hopkins University.

My research lies in metaethics and normative ethics, with a particular focus on the nature of value. Questions about the value of humanity led me to Kant. What it means to be a Kantian in ethics is a central topic for me, as well as what commitments might lead one away from Kantianism. This has led me to think more generally about rationalism in ethics, and how better to understand the role of reason in ethical theory, especially in relation to value. I defend a relational conception of value on which goodness is definitively a notion of benefit, so that what is good is so because it is good for someone.

For current projects, see Research.


I wrote a PhD in Philosophy at Columbia University under the direction of Katja Maria Vogt and Joseph Raz.



Johns Hopkins University
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