Since 2007, I work in the Philosophy Department at University of Alabama in Huntsville. I hail from a former coal mining town in Western Pennsylvania and, earlier in my childhood, from the eastside of Baltimore. I've also lived in Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Rostock.

Prior to becoming a philosopher, I proofread for a medical transcription company, clerked and audited at a hotel, and coached high school soccer.

I am married to Holly Jones, a professor of ethnic American literature. Together we are raising our son, Dorion, in Northwest Huntsville. We have had our 15 minutes of fame. We like front yard gardens and libraries, bicycling, mentoring, and other ways of belonging to our community. And Curious George, too.

Occasionally, I think fondly and playfully about how useless our disciplines are. Sometimes I also run fast (20:17 is my best time for the 5K).



Recent Blog Posts

  • Unintentional Elitism Every now and then, professional philosophers I know get to thinking about how to market majoring in philosophy to undergraduates. One strategy is to identify correlations between majoring in philosophy ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2015, 9:33 PM by Nicholaos Jones
  • What Learning Outcomes Miss The time for distributing new syllabi nears, and with it reflections about the growing administrative push to plan courses around "learning outcomes." In this post, I try to articulate part ...
    Posted Aug 10, 2015, 9:32 PM by Nicholaos Jones
  • Life in HD Sony sold the world's first high-definition (HD) studio production equipment in 1984. The research and development efforts received support from the Japanese government, in part because of HD ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2015, 8:20 PM by Nicholaos Jones
  • Internal Relations Everywhere In thinking about Huayan Buddhist metaphysics, you spend a lot of time trying to figure out what people meant to say in saying that everything is mutually identical and mutually ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2015, 8:40 PM by Nicholaos Jones
  • A Proof for the Principle of Sufficient Reason Every once in awhile I like to ponder influential principles from the history of philosophy. The Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR) is one such principle. It says, at least on ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2015, 8:16 PM by Nicholaos Jones
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