My PhD dissertation is a historically-sensitive and empirically-informed philosophical inquiry into the nature of personal envy: I investigate its internal structure as an emotion, proposing a novel taxonomy according to which there are four varieties of envy, and use such a taxonomy to account why and when envy is bad and, more crucially, why and when it isn’t. The upshot is that, despite its notoriety, a properly cultivated variety of envy can contribute to human flourishing.
In the future I aim to broaden the scope of my research along three dimensions: horizontally, by expanding the range of the phenomena that I analyze and devoting more attention to envy in the social and political domain; vertically, by delving deeper into the connection that envy has with human value and analyzing what envy reveals to us about the nature of goodness; and temporally, by looking in more detail into some historical accounts of envy that promise to illuminate the contemporary debate.
“Varieties of Envy”, forthcoming at Philosophical Psychology, DOI 10.1080/09515089.2015.1115475
“Loving People For Who They Are (Even When They Don’t Love You Back)”,
forthcoming in European Journal of Philosophy, DOI: 10.1111/ejop.12077
“The Fictional Character of Pornography” (co-authored with S. Liao), in Hans Maes (ed.),
Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 100-118.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Please email me if you are interested in drafts of my papers in progress. I omit the titles of the papers that are currently under review, in order to preserve anonymity.
A paper on the normative implications of my taxonomy of envy, under review.
A paper on the difference between envy and jealousy, under review.
A paper on feminist ideals of bodily beauty, under review.
A paper on love and envy in the context of personal relations, under review.
A paper tentatively titled "Mama, Do You Love Me? Unrequited Love in Non-Romantic Relationships", in Adrienne Martin (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy.
“Envy as a Civic Emotion”, in Thom Brooks (ed.), Political Emotions: Toward a Decent Public Sphere, volume under consideration at Cambridge University Press.
Review of “The Variety of Values: Essays on Morality, Meaning, and Love”, by S. Wolf, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015. https://ndpr.nd.edu/news/58246-the-variety-of-values-essays-on-morality-meaning-and-love/
Interview with Martha Nussbaum, in Humana.Mente, vol. 22 (Making Sense of Gender, Sex,
Race and the Family), 2012. http://www.humanamente.eu/PDF/Issue22_Complete.pdf
“Love: The Only Risk House Can’t Take”, in Henry Jacoby (ed.), House and Philosophy:
Everybody Lies, Blackwell, 2009.
“A Necessary Conflict: Eros and Philia in a Love Relationship”, Nordicum-Mediterraneum, vol.
For an updated list of publications, please check out my philpapers profile.