Work E-mail: afior008@uOttawa.ca
My areas of specialization are free will, ethics and narrative views of the self. I think there is a direct link between libertarian free will and narrative selfhood philosophers have not properly considered. I am also interested in the connection between a narrative conception of the self and political philosophy.
Philosophia 1-18. forthcoming.
Robert Kane’s libertarian theory of freedom is frequently attacked in the free will literature by the “luck objection”. Alfred Mele’s articulation of the objection is a very influential formulation as it captures the spirit of Kane’s critics and their complaint with Kane’s view. Mele argues that without a contrastive explanation that highlights aspects of the agent their free choices are reducible to luck. I argue that the lack of a contrastive explanation does not establish that there is no explanation for self-forming actions. Building on the explanation that Kane offers in his rebuttal, I claim that there are neglected dimensions to Kane’s view that, when put together, mitigate the force of the objection. These elements are value experiments, teleological intelligibility and liberium arbitrium voluntatis. I claim that through adopting a narrative view of the self, we can place value experiments in a broader teleological framework that allows us to see self-forming choices are not just a matter of luck.
Scholarships and awards
2017 Laurier Graduate Scholarship, Wilfrid Laurier University
2017 Laurier Fellowship, Wilfrid Laurier University
2018 “Free Will, Values and Narrative Selfhood” Wilfrid Laurier University MA Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University.
2018 “Free Will, Values and Narrative Selfhood” With Commentary by Jody Tomchishen. Annual Graduate Conference in Philosophy of Mind, Language, and Cognitive Science, University of Western Ontario.
2018 “Free Will, Narrative and Death: A Good Time to Die” De/Composing Death Annual Graduate Student Conference, Dalhousie University.
2018 “Value Empiricism, Narrative Selfhood and Libertarianism” Public Issues and Public
Reason: A Conference on Applied Ethics and Critical Social Sciences, Carleton University.
2017 Teaching Assistant “PP111 Knowledge and Reality,” first year lecture course, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.
2018 Teaching Assistant “PP110 Values and Society,” first year lecture course, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.
2019 Teaching Assistant, PHI 1102 : Moral Reasonsing, University of Ottawa.
“What is Justice? John Rawls and Robert Nozick” PP110 Values and Society, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.