Welcome to my web page. I am an associate professor of philosophy at Texas Tech University, where I have been since earning my Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2006. I specialize in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

I have been working on a comprehensive philosophical theory of poetry for several years now, drawing on cognitive and evolutionary psychology, pragmatics and metrical phonology in linguistics, and work in disciplines such as classics, anthropology and archaeology on oral literary traditions ancient and contemporary. The resulting book,
tentatively entitled Beautiful Speech: The Origins, Nature, and Powers of Poetry, is nearly complete. My work on it has been funded by two fellowships, one from the Mellon and Woodrow Wilson Foundations and one from the National Humanities Center.

I have presented my research throughout the U.S. and Europe, and have contributed chapters to the following volumes:

The Philosophy of PoetryEncyclopedia of AestheticsSuffering Art Gladly     The Bloomsbury Companion to Aesthetics   A Companion to Aesthetics, 2nd Edition (1405169222) cover image    Special Issue: Philosophy & Poetry (MSIP 33:1)

I recently defended The Philosophical Importance of Aesthetics in my first contribution to the blogosphere. After a lively debate there, the discussion continued here. The post won the first Ornie Award for Outstanding Guest Post.

For further information, please click on my Curriculum vitae to the left or the tabs above left.

Page last updated on 29 May 2015.