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. 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.
Currently, I am working on the philosophy of Margaret Cavendish, particularly her views on the mind, her naturalism, and her arguments for panpsychism. I 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.
I am also currently editing a teaching edition of her Observations Upon Experimental Philosophy for Hackett. Finally, 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.
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.
You may also read a longer more formal research statement.
Most of my published work can be accessed directly via my PhilPapers profile.
I also recently published an article in the journal Teaching Philosophy, titled, "How To Teach Modern Philosophy."
Finally, you may read a longer, more formal teaching statement.
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.
My wife Amy Marshall recently completed a PhD in History from Brown University. Her specialty is the history of modern Japan. She won a Fulbright scholarship (as well as a Fulbright-Hays), which allowed us to live in Yokohama for much of 2010, where she conducted research for her dissertation. She will also be a tenure-track assistant professor at FIU as of the Fall 2014. Our first child, Eli Owen, was born on October 14th, 2009, and our second, Maxwell Oliver, was born on March 20, 2011. All three of them are awesome.
Other interests: running, science fiction, geek culture, left politics, coffee, punk rock, tabletop boardgames, roleplaying games, video games...
Also, I am a signatory of the 'Online Petition in Support of the Gendered Conference Campaign'; please visit the Online Petition for details.