Prof. Payton’s interests are in the philosophy of action, metaphysics, and topics at their intersection. His major research project concerns the metaphysics of ‘negative’ actions (omissions, refrainments, etc.). Between 2013 and 2016, he held a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship, bestowed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This scholarship funded his dissertation on the topic of negative actions, which he wrote at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Sergio Tenenbaum and Jessica Wilson. Other interests include the metaphysics of events and processes, and the thesis of composition as identity.
Metaphysics, Philosophy of Action