I joined the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America as an Assistant Professor in August 2016, and am delighted to be here. I defended my dissertation and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in summer 2016.
My research concerns perception, imagination (phantasia), and intellect (nous) in Aristotle’s de Anima, Posterior Analytics, Ethics, and Metaphysics. My principal motivation in the dissertation project, at any rate, is epistemological: what is the rational contribution of perception and images to thinking and to intellectual virtue? And further, how might we develop an interpretation of Aristotle’s psychological account of intellect and intellectual virtue that is adequate to his epistemological views from elsewhere?
During my time at Pittsburgh I also completed an MA in Classics with an emphasis on Ancient Greek. Accordingly, I also have interests in Ancient Greek literature and its relationship with philosophy, in particular the tragedies of Aeschylus and Sophocles.
In addition, I'm broadly interested in contemporary debates in epistemology, philosophy of nature, and moral philosophy, in particular how drawing connections with ancient philosophers, and with Aristotle especially, might bear on more recent debates. I have research projects at various stages engaging with the work of Newman, Geach, Sellars, and McDowell from the perspective of my work on Aristotle.
I enjoy hiking the Appalachian forests while puzzling over the intellects of de Anima III.5, the battle rout of Posterior Analytics B.19, the paradox of Plato's Meno, and the ascent to wisdom in Metaphysics A.1.
The history of philosophy is the lingua franca which makes communication between philosophers, at least of different points of view, possible.
Philosophy without the history of philosophy, if not empty or blind, is at least dumb.