My research interests stretch across several fields within philosophy, constituting what can be loosely called ‘philosophical anthropology’: philosophy of action, philosophical psychology, metaethics, philosophy of language and philosophy of art. I work on problems involving action, intention, reasons, reasoning, rationality, objectivity, normativity and practice, as they arise in these and other areas, drawing on a wide range of philosophers including Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Wittgenstein, Anscombe and Bernard Williams. Most recently I have been thinking about the nature of various species of intentional psychological states, the unity or diversity of logic and reasoning, and the parallels between the true and the good, in an attempt to explain the relation between rational, linguistic animals and the world they find themselves in.
I was born in 1985 in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from a local junior high school, I went abroad to the United States, where I spent three years in a boarding school in New York, and then four years at the University of Virginia, majoring in philosophy and minoring in religious studies. In the summer of 2008 I moved to Oxford, where I completed my postgraduate studies. Between 2015 and 2018 I was a Career Development Fellow in Philosophy at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Besides managing this project, I currently teach philosophy in Oxford and at UCL.
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