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Hi. I'm Michelle.
My work in philosophy theorizes the nature of normativity. In other words, I'm interested in what we ought to do (or believe) and why. For instance, how do our moral obligations to other people arise? What is the source of other norms, like requirements of epistemic rationality, and why do they have authority over us? That is, why should we care about forming rational beliefs, and why is it ever appropriate to blame others for their irrational beliefs? Finally, how can we go about discovering the answers to these questions?
Before joining the faculty at Tufts, I completed my PhD in philosophy at NYU and my BA in philosophy at Yale. As a doctoral student, I spent a semester on exchange at the École Normale Supérieure and the affiliated Institut Jean Nicod in Paris.
I'm from Beverly, Massachusetts. When I'm not teaching, or reading and writing philosophy, I enjoy cooking, ballet, and spending time outdoors by the water.
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