President's Associates Presidential Professor
Research areas: Early Chinese Philosophy, Ethics
Phone: (405) 325-6834
My current research interests are largely concentrated on issues in ethics that focus on ordinary, prosaic human concerns and practices. My most recent projects attend to the moral aspects of mannerly social practices. In this work, I draw from classical Confucian sources to articulate the wider moral values and moral learning processes embedded in Confucian commitments to li, or manners and etiquette. Other recent work undertakes to address prosaic mannerly practices as these register in contemporary issues of social justice such as microinequities. A second strain in my most recent work is devoted to consideration of moral exemplars and, in particular, the use of moral exemplars in the Confucian text, the Analects. I have been particularly interested in developing an account of the ethics of the Analects that foregrounds the text’s narrative depictions of moral exemplars and mines these for understanding the moral sensibility limned in the text.