Nicholas Drake

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1. “Review of Normative Concepts, by Matti Eklund,” in: Journal of Moral Philosophy, forthcoming.

2. "A Humean Constructivist Reading of J. S. Mill's Utilitarian Theory," in: Utilitas 28 (2), 2016, pp. 189-214.


This paper was a section of my Honours thesis, which was on the metaethical views of utilitarian philosophers. I argue that Mill is not a moral realist and does not believe in certain kinds of obligations, those involving external reasons and obligations with a particular, strong kind of practical authority. In this paper I argue that Mill’s metaethical position can be interpreted as a Humean constructivist view, but I'd now describe it more simply as moral subjectivism

For an excellent critique of this paper, see Peter Zuk, "Mill's Metaethical Non-cognitivism," Utilitas 30 (3), 2018, pp. 271-293. Zuk gives an argument I agree with, that I was wrong about Mill being a Humean constructivist (or as I’d say now, a subjectivist) about all practical reasons; however, I still think Mill is a subjectivist about moral reasons.

3. "Is Moral Bioenhancement Dangerous?"  in: Journal of Medical Ethics 42 (1), 2016 (published online first, 2015), pp. 3-6.

This paper was written for a course I did in my Honours year. The course had three modules, and one was on moral bioenhancement, led by Nick Agar. This a response to his paper "Moral Bioenhancement is Dangerous".


Revise and resubmit:

A paper on metaethics and loverevise & resubmit invited December 2019

With reviewers:

A paper on virtue ethics and wellbeing; under review from November 2019.

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