I’m August Gorman,
a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Values and Public Policy at Princeton University. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. I received my PhD in philosophy in 2018 from USC, with a dissertation on moral responsibility advised by Jon Quong, Gary Watson, Steve Finlay, and Dave Shoemaker.
In my research, I’m currently interested in impairments to agency and their implications for theorizing in various normative domains. This has lead me so far to focus on questions about mitigated blame and responsibility, well-being and disability, and the desirability of living an immortal life.
I also maintain a serious interest in philosophy pedagogy, and participate in the scholarship of teaching and learning, especially in regards to teaching philosophy’s transferable skills. I have piloted several innovative programs in this regard, including a grant-funded program embedding philosophical ethics in the computer science major at Georgetown.