I take a phenomenological approach to the history of philosophy and to systematic questions concerning mind, language, epistemology, and metaphysics.
All these topics are at work in my book, Ostension: Word Learning and the Embodied Mind (forthcoming with The MIT Press in October 2014).
I have a joint appointment in philosophy:
Some questions I pursue:1. About Ostension:
"How does a gesture differ from some other movement? In that it expresses something?" --Wittgenstein
2. About Our Animal Selves:
"What is the rational animal? What actions and passions do we have in common with other living beings?" --Aristotle
3. About the Human Difference:
"What is human? What actions and passions distinguish us from every other kind of being?" --Plato
4. About Transcendence:
"How must we be so that we can be receptive to the manifestation of things?" --Heidegger
5. About Other Minds:
"How do we come to experience other animate beings like ourselves?" --St. Augustine and Merleau-Ponty