I am a philosopher at the University of Arizona. I specialize in political philosophy and normative ethics. My research focuses on the relation of individual practical rationality to social rules.
My dissertation, Contractarianism With a Human Face is an attempt to continue the contractarian project of reconciling individual practical rationality and social rules of justice in a new way that avoids many of the serious problems that plagued earlier theorists. The chairs of my thesis committee are Jerry Gaus and David Schmidtz. The committee also includes Steven Wall, and Shaun Nichols. I successfully defended my dissertation on November 18, 2013.
My work has been published in Philosophical Studies, The European Journal of Philosophy, The Journal of Moral Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, The Adam Smith Review, and in several edited volumes. Some of my recent publications can be found here and my CV can be found here.
I am also an assistant editor for Social Philosophy & Policy, the PhilPapers.org editor for the social contract section, and an author on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on contemporary approaches to the social contract. I have also written about public reason, egalitarianism, justice, Epicurean political theory, Adam Smith, and social evolution. More on my research can be found here.
You can contact me at jthrashe<at>email.arizona.edu