About

I am a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and I live in Houston, Texas.

From 2017 to 2019, I was a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Tanzania.

Before that, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, where I was working under the supervision of Professor Thaddeus Metz.

I graduated from Rice University with a PhD in Philosophy in May 2016. I further hold Master’s degrees in Physics (Heidelberg University, 2009) and Philosophy (Rice University, 2014).

In my doctoral dissertation, which I wrote under the direction of Professor George Sher, I defend a novel account of the wrongness of killing, according to which it is no less seriously wrong to kill a non-human conscious animal than it is to kill you or me.

I am interested in all of philosophy, except the obscure kind. Particular interests include applied ethics, moral theory, social and political philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, logic, and critical thinking.

I believe that philosophy has an important role to play in public life, and I regularly write columns for newspapers in the United States and a number of countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Outside academia, I like to ride my motorcycle, take photos, and travel. It’s Khukie with whom I enjoy doing things most.

I grew up in the small Swabian village of Adelmannsfelden in Southwest Germany.

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