Associate Professor of Philosophy, Florida International University
In August, 2014, my wife Amy and I took up positions as tenure-track assistant professors at Florida International University, in Miami -- she in history/asian studies and I in philosophy and I am now an Associate Professor of Philosophy. From 2010 until 2014, I was an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Wellesley College.
View my Curriculum Vitae.
I study the history of modern philosophy, focusing on questions of mind and psychology in the 17th Century. My specialty is Spinoza.
My recently published work has addressed Spinoza's views on adequate knowledge, innate ideas, consciousness, the affects, akrasia, and, more recently, the concept of evil. I have also recently completed a book, titled, The Spiritual Automaton: Spinoza's Science of the Mind, available from Oxford University Press in early 2014.
Recently, I have done work on the philosophy of Margaret Cavendish, particularly her views on the mind, her naturalism, and her arguments for panpsychism. For example, I worked released a teaching edition of her Observations Upon Experimental Philosophy with Hackett. I also recently authored an entry on her philosophy at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I also hope to do some work on her proto-science fictional, quasi-feminist utopian adventure story, The Blazing World.
Currently, I am co-editing a new anthology of primary sources, with Susanne Sreedhar, for Routledge, titled, A New Modern Philosophy: The Inclusive Anthology of Primary Sources, which should be availab in the Spring of 2019.
In the future, I shall continue working on Spinoza and Cavendish, but I shall also expand my work on early modern naturalism, panpsychism, and vitalism in the 17th Century. I am also beginning to work in the Philosophy of Games.
Most of my published work can be accessed directly via my PhilPapers profile.
The following are some courses I teach, with links to syllabuses:
- Intro to Philosophy
- 17th Century Philosophy
- 18th Century Philosophy
- Late Modern Philosophy (aka 19th Century Philosophy)
- Seminar: Spinoza
- Teleporters and Time Travel: The Metaphysics Behind Science Fiction
- Women of the Enlightenment
- Other teaching competences include Ancient Philosophy, Moral Psychology, Weakness of Will, Feminist History of Philosophy, and various seminars on topics and figures in the history of philosophy. I also have experience teaching different sorts of introductory courses, as well as critical thinking.
I also recently published an article in the journal Teaching Philosophy, titled, "How To Teach Modern Philosophy."
A few years ago I organized a mini-conference on Spinoza's psychology. This conference, organized under the auspices of the Pacific Division of the APA, was held concurrently with its 2008 division meeting in Pasadena. Please visit the website for the conference, where the papers and comments can be read.
I am a member of the APA and the North American Spinoza Society, as well as a Friend of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a blogger at the Mod Squad, and an editor at Philpapers for the subsection Spinoza: Philosophy of Mind. I am also an area editor at Academia.edu. I serve on the panel of philosophers at AskPhilosophers.org as well. I also am a reviewer for several journals and publishers.
Also, I am a signatory of the 'Online Petition in Support of the Gendered Conference Campaign'; please visit the Online Petition for details.
Finally, I affirm Rachel Barney's Anti-Authoritarian Academic Code of Conduct and I invite anyone associated with higher education to do so.