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My AOS is social and political philosophy. Specifically, I'm interested in the philosophy of John Stuart Mill and its application to contemporary social and political issues, such as public health care and education. In my current research, I argue that public health insurance (socialized medicine) is perfectly consistent with, and to some extent required by, Mill's liberty principle.
I'm also interested in the role of the concept of "character" in Mill's ethical and political theory. I consider Mill to be a eudaimonistic rather than a hedonistic utilitarian, and I see him as more closely aligned with capabilities theorists like Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen than with maximizing utilitarians like Bentham. Promoting the greatest good for the greatest number of people, as I understand it, means promoting the conditions under which human beings are most likely to flourish. These conditions include democratic political institutions, adequate access to public goods like health care and education, and individual liberty (so long as liberty is understood in a positive and not a strictly negative sense).
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