My research focuses on free will, moral responsibility, rationality, respect, and the philosophy of psychiatry.
I have argued for compatibilism and the thesis that free will and moral responsibility are possible, regardless of the fine details of physics and neurology. The real problems exist on a psychological rather than metaphysical level – we are rarely as rational as we’d like to believe.
As flawed as we are, we must nevertheless make decisions and choose what to do as best we can. It is sometimes possible – albeit often unethical – to regard and treat other people as objects to manipulate rather than persons to reason with. To fully treat oneself this way is not even possible.
My research in the philosophy of psychiatry has grown partly from previous research, partly from my own experiences of psychosis. We currently see a trend where more and more philosophers within the field are open with and draw on their own experiences. This is a positive development of which I’m happy to take part.
I’ve also done research and published in applied ethics: I’ve written about animal welfare (with a focus on dogs), criminal justice ethics, and fat-shaming.