BENNETT HELM Helm has published two books and over 20 articles that argue for the importance of love and caring in human agency, including the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Love. He has been invited to present much of this work at conferences and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Jordan, and the U.K. His work has been supported by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice), the Princeton University Center for Human Values, and the National Science Foundation.


Love, Friendship, and the Self: Intimacy, Identification, and the Social Nature of Persons (Oxford U Press, 2010).
Emotional Reason: Deliberation, Motivation, and the Nature of Value (Cambridge U Press, 2001).

Recent Articles on Love and Caring:

•”Emotional Communities of Respect” in von Sheve & Salmela (eds.), Collective Emotions (Oxford U Press, forthcoming).
•”Paternalistic Love and Reasons for Caring” in Kühler & Jelinek (eds.), Autonomy and the Self (Springer, forthcoming).
•”Accountability and Some Social Dimensions of Human Agency,” Philosophical Issues 22 (2012).
•”Responsibility and Dignity” in Bagnoli (ed.), Morality and the Emotions (Oxford U Press, 2011), 217–34.
•”Love as Intimate Identification,” Philosophic Exchange (2011), 23–39.
•”Self-Love and the Structure of Personal Values” in Salmela & Mayer (eds.), Emotions, Ethics, and Authenticity (John Benjamins, 2009), 11–32.
•”Love, Identification, and the Emotions,” American Philosophical Quarterly 46 (2009), 39–59.
•”Plural Agents,” Noûs 42 (2008), 17–49.


AGNIESZKA JAWORSKA Jaworska has been involved in interdisciplinary work in multiple settings: from a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, to work as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar in Applied Ethics selected by the European Commission and an Ethics Consortium of three Northern European universities. She has presented at philosophical and interdisciplinary conferences and workshops in the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Hong Kong, and the U.K., including Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Recently, she was invited as a plenary speaker to 7th European Conference in Analytic Philosophy (ECAP7) organized by the European Society for Analytic Philosophy. Her work has been supported by multiple fellowships, such as a Laurence Rockefeller Fellowship at Princeton University Center for Human Values, a Stanford Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, and a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Recent  articles on the central role of caring and valuing in human agency and in the moral status of persons:

•”Caring and Full Moral Standing Redux” in Kittay & Carlson (eds.), Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 369-92.
•”Caring, Minimal Autonomy, and the Limits of Liberalism” in Lindemann, Verkerk & Walker (eds.), Naturalized Bioethics: Toward Responsible Knowing and Practice (Cambridge U Press, 2009), 80-105.
•”Caring and Full Moral Standing,” Ethics 117 (2007), 460-97.
•”Caring and Internality,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (2007), 529-68.
•”Respecting the Margins of Agency: Alzheimer’s Patients and the Capacity to Value,” Philosophy & Public Affairs 28 (1999), 105-38.

JEFFREY SEIDMAN Seidman’s work centers around the role that caring plays in practical reasoning and moral psychology.  Seidman has argued in various articles that an agent’s carings place boundaries on the field of possible actions an agent will entertain, and that these boundaries are in fact reasonable.  Seidman has presented his work in the U.S., the U.K., and the Netherlands.  His work has been supported by a Royal Institute of Philosophy Jacobsen Fellowship, an Analysis Studentship from the Analysis Trust, and a Mellon Doctoral Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

His articles include:

  •  “How to be a Non-Reductionist about Reasons of Friendship,” in Damian Caluori (ed.) Thinking about Friendship: Historical and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 118-140.
  • “Caring and Incapacity,” Philosophical Studies 147 (2010), 301-22.
  • “Valuing and Caring,” Theoria 75 (2009), 272-303.
  • “Caring and the Boundary-Driven Structure of Practical Deliberation,” Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 3 (2008), 1-36.
  • “Two Sides of ‘Silencing,’” The Philosophical Quarterly 55 (2005), 68-77.
  • “Rationality and Reflection,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice6 (2003), 201-14.

 Post-Doctoral Fellows

Benjamin Bagley (Ph.D. North Carolina, 2013). Ben specializes in ethics, philosophy of action, and moral psychology. His work models forms of agency in which agents act according to norms whose contents are in the process of being determined, and explores the implications of these forms of agency for phenomena like love, blame, and free will. He will be at Vassar College next year. You can find his website here.

Franklin-HallAndrew Franklin-Hall (Ph.D. Columbia, 2011).  Andrew specializes in ethics and social/political philosophy.  He is especially interested in the moral significance of childhood, old age, and familial relationships.  He has recently published essays on the autonomy of adolescents and on Locke’s theory of parental authority in The Philosophical Quarterly and The Canadian Journal of Philosophy. He will be spending the upcoming year at the University of California at Riverside, where he plans to research the extent to which love is an attitude guided by reasons and the importance of attachment in loving relationships.  You can find out more about Andrew’s projects at his website.

Errol Lord (Ph.D. Princeton, 2013). Errol specializes in ethical theory, epistemology and the philosophy of action. He is particularly interested in normative reasons, rationality, obligation, and reasoning. He plans to investigate the role that loving and caring play in an account of deliberation and the normative role of loving and caring, especially as it relates to obligation. Errol will be spending the year at Franklin & Marshall College. You can find more about him at his website.