Research

My dissertation is on the foundations of human rights. I am most interested in the moral grounds for human rights as opposed to merely legal, political, or practice-based grounds for them. I am currently focusing on the following questions:

  1. In virtue of what do we have human rights?
  2. Is the most plausible ground for human rights able to set apart humans from other non-human animals, or does it render the distinction morally irrelevant?
  3. Can we justify human rights (as moral rights) instrumentally, or do we need a non-instrumental justification?

I edit the Justifications of Human Rights category on PhilPapers.