Emad Atiq is a third year graduate student in the Department of Philosophy. He works primarily in metaethics, philosophy of mind, and political/legal philosophy. In his dissertation, Emad explores the metaphysical structure of desire and the emotions. He argues that some of the qualities that are phenomenally disclosed during motivational and emotional episodes may be essentially normative. At the very least, the fact that the nature of these qualities is quite obscure leaves open a number of questions about the structure of desire, which, in turn, helps explain persistent disagreement in metaethics. Apart from his dissertation work, Emad writes on the metaethical and moral foundations of law. He has a B.A. in economics from Princeton University, an MPhil. in philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and, by June of 2016, a JD from Yale Law School.
Graduate Prize Fellow