Brendan de Kenessey
Brendan de Kenessey received his PhD in Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Spring 2017 before joining the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics as a Postdoctoral Fellow-in-Residence. He works in moral philosophy. De Kenessey's research aims to show how we can illuminate a wide range of moral phenomena by appreciating the pervasive role that the activity of joint decision-making (or joint practical deliberation, as he calls it) plays in our social interactions. His dissertation argues that several speech acts that have the power to change our moral obligations - promises, offers, commands, requests, and consent - are all best understood as moves within the activity of joint practical deliberation. While at the Center, de Kenessey plans to develop and extend this theoretical framework, with a particular focus on exploring its applications to topics in political philosophy.
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