Daniel Fogal's primary research agenda concerns the nature and normativity of reasons, rationality, and reasoning. He also has research interests in bioethics (especially decision-making capacity and competency to consent) and early modern philosophy (especially Descartes).
Daniel Fogal specializes in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of language. His recent research has focused on the nature of rationality (‘Rational Requirements and the Primacy of Pressure’, Mind), the nature of normative reasons ('Explaining Normative Reasons', Noûs), the relationship between reasons and rationality ('Which Reasons? Which Rationality?', Ergo) and the nature of moral explanations (‘The Metaphysics of Moral Explanations’ Oxford Studies in Metaethics). Current and future research concerns the nature of good reasoning, the nature of decision-making capacity and informed consent, the moral significance of irrational values and beliefs, and conceptual engineering in bioethics.
Fogal is currently Assistant Professor at the NYU Center for Bioethics and Faculty Advisor for the Bioethics Minor. He earned his B.A. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and his Ph.D. from NYU. Prior to joining the NYU Center for Bioethics, Fogal was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Uppsala University in association with the Varieties of Normativity project (principal investigator: Matti Eklund).