Nicholas Drake

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1. “Utilitarianism.” Ethical Theory in Global Perspective (provisional title), edited by Michael Hemmingson. SUNY Press. (Commissioned book chapter.)

2. "Love, Reasons, and Desire" in: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 23 (3), 2020, pp. 591-605 


This paper  defends subjectivism about the reasons we have to treat those we love especially well.

3. “Choosing Normative Concepts, written by Matti Eklund” in: Journal of Moral Philosophy, 17 (4), 2020, pp. 441-444. (Book review.)

4. "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.

5. "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".