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Department of Philosophy
My interests center on the history and philosophy of logic as well as the ramifications of, and prospects for, what might be dubbed a 'logic first' approach to metaphysics, epistemology, the natural sciences, morality, aesthetics, and politics. Kant's philosophy is an exemplar of such an approach. I have an ongoing project working on understanding how Kant conceived of logic and how he thinks a priori knowledge grounds the objectivity of experience. More recently I've begun examining Bertrand Russell’s conception of space in his early book, An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry.
Courses Taught, Academic Years 2019-22
- PHIL 102: Introduction to Philosophy
- PHIL 490: Senior Seminar, Kants Moral Philosophy
- PHIL 509: Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason
- PHIL 503: History of Analytic Philosophy
- PHIL 501: British Empiricism
- PHIL 390: Jr. Seminar, The Philosophy of Lightness and Weight
- “The Formality of Kant's Logic and Consciousness of Logical Laws.” In The Palgrave Handbook for German Idealism and Analytic Philosophy. Ed. by Jonas Held and James Conant. Forthcoming.
- “The Doctrine of Internal Relations: Russell’s 1897 Rejection.” In Early Analytic Philosophy: Essays on its Origins and Transformation. Ed. by Giliad Nir and James Conant. Forthcoming.
- “Kant on Plants: Self-Activity, Representations, and the Analogy with Life.” Philosopher’s Imprint. Volume 21, No. 11, May, pages 1-30, 2021.
- “Kant on Vital Forces and the Analogy with Life.” In Proceedings of the 13th International Kant Congress ‘The Court of Reason’ (Oslo, 6-9 August 2019) ed. by Camilla Serck-Hanssen and Beatrix Himmelmann. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter. Vol 2, pages 961-972. 2021.
- “Kant, Frege, and the Normativity of Logic: MacFarlane's Argument for Common Ground.” European Journal of Philosophy. Volume 24, Issue 4, December, pages 988-1009. 2021.
- “Review of Huaping Lu-Adler, Kant and the Science of Logic: A Historical and Philosophical Reconstruction.” Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, Volume 8, Number 7, pages 17-31. 2020.
- 'Logical Mistakes Logical Aliens and the Laws of Kants Pure General Logic', Mind, 2019.
- Won the American Philosophical Association, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize (2019)
- 'Modeling Unicorns and Dead Cats: Applying Bressans MLv to the Necessary Properties
of Nonexistent Objects', Journal of Philosophical Logic , 95-121, 2018.
- 'Definitions of Kant's Categories', Canadian Journal of Philosophy: Supplemental Volume
on Mathematics in Kant's Critical Philosophy, 44 (5-6): 631-657, 2014.
Recent and Upcoming Presentations
- "Not quite yet a hazy limbo of mystery: Intuition in Russell's An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry", Philosophy of Mathematics in the Aristotelean Tradition. April 19–20, 2023. University of Chicago, Illinois.
- Author Meets Critics: Daniel Sutherland "Kant's Mathematical World" Pacific APA, April 5–8, 2023, San Francisco, CA.
- “Not Quite Yet a Hazy Limbo of Mystery: Intuition in Russell's An Essay on The Foundations of Geometry.” Logic, Truth, and Objecthood: A celebration of Tom Ricketts' work in the history of analytic philosophy. September 16th, 2022. University of Pittsburgh,
- "The Twilight of Intuition and Russell’s Early Hylomorphism: Space in Russell’s Foundations of Geometry."
- Bertrand Russell Society Annual Meeting, June 3-5, 2022. McMaster University.
- Biennial Congress of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), June 20-23, 2022. UC Irvine.
- Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy (SSHAP), 6-8 July, 2022. Shanxi University. (On Zoom.)