Bio: 

I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  Before coming to Marist, I spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  

I am from the West Coast of the United States.  I was born in Seattle, Washington on August 20, 1971. I grew up in Alaska and California.  My parents, Esther Viera Buckareff and Andrei M. Buckareff, live in the beautiful Matanuska-Susitna Valley region of Alaska (just north of Anchorage). I have been married since 1994 to my best friend, the beautiful and talented Lara Kasper (who also happens to be a first-rate attorney).

I did my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Rochester.  Richard Feldman directed my dissertation.  My dissertation was on the problem of doxastic agency--i.e., what sort of control we can exercise with respect to forming beliefs. 

My primary research interests are broadly in the metaphysics of mind and agency. These days, I've been thinking a lot about the ontology of powers and the applications for theorizing about action and agency, including free agency. I also have research interests in the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of cognitive science.

When I am not doing philosophy, I enjoy listening to music and attending concerts (I'm quite fond of musical genres labelled with a "post-" prefix--e.g., post-rock, post-metal, post-black metal, post-hardcore, post-punk, post-everything). I also skateboard a fair amount, mostly avoiding street skating in favor of ramps and bowls. Finally, I am fond of hiking with my wife, biking, reading fiction and science (and even some science fiction), watching films, and just hanging out with my wife and cats (Fred, Gracie, and Triste).


With Lara near Dénia, Spain, November 2012


Fred and Gracie hard at work


Interviews with me as part of the Closer to Truth for PBS can be found here.

A podcast interview with me about my work in the philosophy of religion can be found here.