Positions

Overview

  • I’m an ethicist and cognitive scientist (officially, Associate Professor of Philosophy) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After finishing my PhD in 2011 at beautiful UC Santa Barbara, I was fortunate to have taught for two years in a land down under at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. When not reading, writing, or teaching, I like to get away from the computer and hike, climb, travel, play guitar, cook mostly vegetarian food, or spend time with my wonderful daughter.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Harnessing Moral Psychology to Reduce Meat Consumption 2022
    2022 Which moral exemplars inspire prosociality? 2022
    2021 Bias in science: natural and social 2021
    2021 Moral rationalism on the brain 2021
    2020 Experimental Philosophical BioethicsAjob Empirical Bioethics.  11:30-33. 2020
    2019 Defending optimistic rationalism: A reply to commentatorsBehavioral and Brain Sciences.  42:e168. 2019
    2018 Moral Responsibility and Mental Illness: a Call for NuanceNeuroethics.  11:11-22. 2018
    2018 A limited skeptical threatBehavioral and Brain Sciences.  41:e52. 2018
    2018 Précis of Regard for Reason in the Moral MindBehavioral and Brain Sciences2018
    2017 The means/side-effect distinction in moral cognition: A meta-analysisCognition.  166:314-327. 2017
    2016 Emotional reactions to human reproductive cloningJournal of Medical Ethics.  42:26-30. 2016
    2014 Moral judgment and deontology: Empirical developmentsPhilosophy Compass.  9:745-755. 2014
    2014 Does Belief in Dualism Protect Against Maladaptive Psychosocial Responses to Deep Brain Stimulation? An Empirical Exploration 2014
    2014 Does disgust influence moral judgment?Australasian Journal of Philosophy.  92:125-141. 2014
    2014 On the very concept of free will 2014
    2013 Because I Believe It's the Right Thing to DoEthical Theory and Moral Practice.  16:791-808. 2013
    2013 Skeptical hypotheses and moral skepticismCanadian Journal of Philosophy.  43:341-359. 2013
    2012 What in the world is weakness of will? 2012
    2011 Egoism, empathy, and self-other merging 2011
    2011 Relational desires and empirical evidence against psychological egoismEuropean Journal of Philosophy.  19:39-58. 2011
    2010 Experimental Philosophy 2010
    2010 Practical Interests, Relevant Alternatives, and Knowledge Attributions: An Empirical StudyReview of Philosophy and Psychology.  1:265-273. 2010

    Book

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Regard for reason in the moral mind 2018

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 The limits of emotion in moral judgment.  286-306. 2018
    2018 Moral reasoning and emotion.  139-156. 2018
    2017 Empathy and intersubjectivity.  169-179. 2017
    2016 Repugnance as Performance Error.  43-57. 2016

    Research Overview

  • My research lies at the intersection of ethics and science (e.g. neuroethics) and aims to better understand the development, breakdown, and improvement of moral knowledge and virtue. My book Regard for Reason in the Moral Mind (Oxford University Press, 2018) draws on scientific evidence to show that reasoning plays a fundamental role in ethical thought and action.
  • Teaching Overview

  • I teach a range of philosophy courses, but my regulars are Intro to Philosophy, Bioethics, Ethics: Theories of Good and Evil, and Neuroethics. I occasionally teach seminars, which usually cover current debates in these areas. In 2017, I was honored to receive the “Outstanding Professor Award” from the students in UAB’s Early Medical School Acceptance Program.
  • Teaching Activities

  • PHL100 - Intro to Philosophy (Fall Term 2013)
  • PHL100 - Intro to Philosophy (Fall Term 2013)
  • PHL100 - Intro to Philosophy (Spring Term 2018)
  • PHL100 - Intro to Philosophy (Spring Term 2019)
  • PHL100 - Intro to Philosophy (Summer Term 2018)
  • PHL100 - Intro to Philosophy (Summer Term 2019)
  • PHL100 - Intro to Philosophy (Summer Term 2020)
  • PHL115 - Contemporary Moral Issues (Spring Term 2014)
  • PHL115 - Contemporary Moral Issues (Spring Term 2014)
  • PHL115 - Contemporary Moral Issues (Summer Term 2021)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2014)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2015)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2015)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2016)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2016)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2017)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2017)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2018)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2018)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Fall Term 2019)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Spring Term 2015)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Spring Term 2015)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Spring Term 2016)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Spring Term 2017)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Summer Term 2015)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Summer Term 2016)
  • PHL116 - Bioethics (Summer Term 2017)
  • PHL125 - Intro to Ethics (Fall Term 2019)
  • PHL292 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2015)
  • PHL292 - Topics in Philosophy (Spring Term 2016)
  • PHL315 - Ethics: Good/Evil (Fall Term 2013)
  • PHL315 - Ethics: Good/Evil (Fall Term 2014)
  • PHL315 - Ethics: Good/Evil (Fall Term 2015)
  • PHL315 - Ethics: Good/Evil (Fall Term 2016)
  • PHL315 - Ethics: Good/Evil (Fall Term 2017)
  • PHL315 - Ethics: Good/Evil (Fall Term 2018)
  • PHL315 - Ethics: Good/Evil (Fall Term 2019)
  • PHL402 - Neuroethics (Spring Term 2017)
  • PHL402 - Neuroethics (Spring Term 2018)
  • PHL402 - Neuroethics (Spring Term 2019)
  • PHL492 - Philosophy Seminar (Spring Term 2015)
  • PHL492 - Philosophy Seminar (Spring Term 2016)
  • PHL498 - Philosophy Internship (Fall Term 2017)
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Fall Term 2015)
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Spring Term 2018)
  • PHL499 - Directed Studies - RES (Summer Term 2014)
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Joshua May