About me

In August of 2013 I received my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado Boulder. In the spring of 2014 I accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming.

My current work focuses primarily on the intersection of normative and applied ethics, especially the nature of our obligations to future generations. These days I am thinking about questions like: Are non-human versions of the Non-identity Problem possible, and what can they tell us about our obligation to prevent environmental damage? Does equality contribute intrinsic or merely instrumental moral value to states of affairs? Is there a sound moral basis for discounting future well-being? I also work on questions concerning the nature of harm and well-being including: What is the connection between pleasure and desire? Is there always a reason to avoid being harmed? In what sense is death harmful for the person who dies?

In the fall semester 2014, I am teaching Natural Resource Ethics and Introduction to Philosophy at the University of Wyoming. In the spring semester 2015, I will teach Natural Resource Ethics, Philosophy of Language, and a graduate seminar on Metaphysics for Ethics.

Contact me about my research or teaching: duncandotpurvesatgmaildotcom