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Nir Ben-Moshe

Nir Ben-Moshe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He is also affiliated with the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and the Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy at the College of Law.

Ben-Moshe’s research falls into two primary areas. The first lies at the intersection of contemporary and 18th-century moral philosophy, with a special emphasis on Adam Smith. The second is in biomedical ethics, where he is particularly interested in the values at play in the physician-patient relationship. He also has wider interests in Hume, Nietzsche, Freud and psychoanalysis, and the later Wittgenstein.

Ben-Moshe is currently working on a book entitled Idealization and the Moral Point of View: An Adam Smithian Account of Moral Reasons, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. He regularly teaches courses in moral philosophy, biomedical ethics, and the history of philosophy (especially early modern and nineteenth century).