Welcome to my online home!

fritz-allhoffThanks for stopping by. I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and in the Homer Stryker School of Medicine at Western Michigan University. This past year, I graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School; for the 2014-2015 term, I am a judicial clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court.

I have been a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (Australia), a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, a Visiting Academic at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association.

Most of my writing and teaching is in applied ethics—especially biomedical ethics and the ethics of war—ethical theory, and philosophy of law. My first monograph was Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs, and Torture (University of Chicago Press, 2012; also see here). I am now working on a monograph tentatively entitled Unlimited Necessity:  The Moral and Legal Basis for Preferring Lesser Evils. I have edited books on a range of topics, including Binary Bullets:  The Ethics of Cyberwarfare (Oxford University Press, in press). My popular articles have appeared in Slate and The AtlanticThe National Science Foundation has funded several of my research projects, with almost $1,000,000 in support.

When not doing philosophy or law,  I am often on the tennis court. I played Division I college tennis at William & Mary and am nationally ranked in Men’s 35’s. One summer, I biked the TransAmerica Trail from Virginia to Oregon, 4,232 miles in 87 days. I volunteer in a program to help rural Alaskans—particularly those on subsistence lifestyles—with their taxes. Outside the academic year, I spend as much time as possible in northwest Montana, at my parents’ home near Glacier National Park.

Thanks for taking the time to look around the site and feel free to email me.