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JP Messina

JP Messina

Assistant Professor // Philosophy
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Room: BRNG 7145

Email: jpmessin@purdue.edu

Phone: (765) 494-4679


JP Messina is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University where he teaches classes in political philosophy, data ethics, and the history of ethics and political philosophy. Before joining the faculty at Purdue, he held research positions at the University of New Orleans and Wellesley College. He received his Ph.D. from UC San Diego in 2018.

Messina's work asks questions about human freedom across philosophical contexts, like: are human beings free in the sense necessary to ground attributions of deservingness and the retributive institutions that presuppose them? And what is the status of retributive norms and institutions in political societies characterized by profound disagreement about the answer to this question? What grounds political authority, i.e., the right to rule, and how could such authority be consistent with human autonomy? Supposing that political authority can be justified, what are its limits and what duties do political societies have to outsiders? What is free speech, how is it threatened, and why should we care? And what (if anything) explains the human normative capacity to acquire property in external things, given that such acquisitions limit the freedom of non-owners? 

In addition to addressing such questions from a contemporary perspective, Messina has written extensively in various (perhaps futile) attempts to better understand Immanuel Kant's distinctive approach to them. His work has appeared in a number of scholarly venues, including Philosophers' Imprint, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, the Journal of Applied Ethics, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, Kantian Review, and the British Journal for the History of Philosophy. His first book, Private Censorship, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2023.

Specialization

Moral, Legal, and Political Philosophy; the History of Modern Philosophy with a focus on Kant


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