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Alexandra King

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Brown

(On Leave:  Fall 2015)

Contact Information:

118 Park Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

Phone: (716) 645-0164
Personal Website: Alex King

Areas of Specialization

Ethics, Metaethics, Aesthetics, Practical Reason

Current Research

I am interested in the relationship between different kinds of normativity, especially when it comes to sorting out the parallels and differences between practical, moral, and aesthetic normativity. I'm currently developing an account of practical reasoning, with a focus on the relationship between practical reason, morality, and our abilities. On my account, the ‘ought implies can’ principle is false for moral oughts, but has a deeper truth behind it, namely one about how we reason practically. I argue that our abilities don’t constrain morality itself, but they do constrain the kinds of conclusions that we can draw through practical reason.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Ethics

Contemporary Ethical Theory

'Ought' Implies 'Can'

Selected Publications

"Actions that We Ought, But Can't,"Ratio 27:3 (2014) 316-27.

"Aesthetic Attitude," Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2012)