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Paul Musso

B.A., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Philosophy and Classics.

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, (In Progress, 4th year). 


Personal Website:

Anscombe Archive Blog:

Research Interests

My research focuses on developing various critiques of twentieth-century moral philosophy, and explaining what we can learn from them. In particular, I am interested in perspectives which expose various deep assumptions which have shaped contemporary work in metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. Two perspectives which I am particularly interested in are those of Elizabeth Anscombe and Bernard Williams (and others). To some extent, both thinkers attempt to "get outside" of the frameworks and assumptions of their opponents, and suggest an alternative framework. Part of my research is historical and seeks to examine whether anyone actually held the views which are taken to be characteristic of "modern moral philosophy". Another part of my research is aimed at interpreting these critiques and evaluating the prospects of these alternative frameworks. 

I also spend a great deal of time researching, documenting, and writing on Elizabeth Anscombe's archive here at Penn (see website for more info).