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Prof. Brendan de Kenessey, Ph.D.

Brendan de Kenessey is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He received his PhD in Philosophy from MIT in 2017 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow-in-Residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University from 2017 to 2018.

Brendan de Kenessey’s research focuses on ethics, meta-ethics, and moral psychology. He pursues the idea that we can better understand much of morality by looking carefully at how people decide together what to do. His article Promises as Proposals in Joint Practical Deliberation (Noûs, 2020) applies this idea to the much-studied topic of promises, arguing that we can best understand promises by viewing them as moves within a wider activity of joint decision-making. His in-progress research argues that attention to joint decision-making can help us make progress on many other topics in moral philosophy, including relationships, consent, and the nature of moral obligation itself.

Brendan de Kenessey is member of the CAS Research Group "Relationships in Transition: Normative Challenges" of Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler.