James Fritz

Presidential Fellow
Graduate Student


My research concerns the intersection between epistemology and ethics. My dissertation project investigates the prospects for a thesis that I call moral encroachment. Loosely speaking, this is the claim that moral facts about a person’s choices can make a difference to what that person epistemically ought to believe—regardless of whether those moral facts matter to her. I have recently published some non-dissertation work on the epistemology of moral disagreement, and I have also done some writing on the relationship between moral disagreement and moral deference. For more detail on any of these projects, please feel free to visit my personal website or to email me at fritz.207@osu.edu.

I am passionate about teaching philosophy. Courses that I have taught include PHIL 1332 (Engineering Ethics), PHIL 1500 (Introduction to Logic), and PHIL 2120 (Asian Philosophies). I also helped to design, and served as lead instructor for, the 2017 Ohio State Summer Camp in Philosophy. Almost all my spare time is devoted to music and fantasy football.



Areas of Expertise
  • Metaethics
  • Epistemology
  • BA University of North Carolina, 2008

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