Courses taught: Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics and Science, and Ethical Theory.
Broadly, Pedro is interested in how the way we conceptualize energy in physics and in culture affects our ethical dispositions toward ourselves, others, and the environment. Inspired by Nietzsche's hypothesis at the end of the Genealogy of Morals that science is the latest and noblest form of the ascetic ideal, for his dissertation, Pedro is taking a genealogical approach to the concept of energy to show how energy discourse in both science and society are marked by ressentiment. He understands ressentiment not simply as a psychological disposition, but as an embodied, cultural, and environmental phenomenon. To this end, he has been inspired by the work of thinkers such as Karen Barad, Gilles Deleuze, Édouard Glissant, and, most recently, Henri Bergson. He wants to understand what it is that we are doing ethically and epistemologically when we conceptualize nature in terms of energy.