Crescente's research is in normative ethics and the philosophy of law. In particular, he is interested in the structure of basic moral phenomena—such as promising, consenting, and forgiving—and in understanding how the law contributes to shaping the nature and moral significance of these phenomena. Along these lines, his doctoral dissertation explores the normativity of promises, and the relationship between promises and their legal equivalent: contracts.Before coming to Oxford, Crescente studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the Catholic University of Chile.
Research InterestsAreas of Specialisation: Philosophy of Law (in particular, the philosophy of contract and property law); Normative Ethics (mainly issues pertaining the nature of moral obligations and rights; the normativity of promises; and the notion of normative power); Contract Law.
Competence: Political Philosophy; Property Law; Tort Law