My work is broadly concerned with moral issues that arise as part of life in diverse communities, in the face of disagreement and difference. One aim of my work is to diagnose and explain certain key moral failures in this sphere of public life. Another is to determine which cognitive-emotional skills are well suited to correcting and preventing these failures. I also consider ways that social institutions might be needed to promote the conditions under which the relevant skills are best developed and exercised, as well as the moral justification for employing social institutions in this way.
My dissertation proposes and defends an account of the role of empathy in promoting positive relationships between highly antagonistic moral and political opponents.