I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bard College and an affiliated member of Bard's Classical Studies program. I also direct the Thinking Animals Initiative, an interdisciplinary community of students and faculty interested in animals and human-animal relationships.

My research and teaching interests include: ancient Greek ethical and political thought, especially that of Plato and Aristotle; the diverse receptions and resonances of ancient ethical traditions in later figures such as Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Anscombe, and Foucault; conceptions of philosophy as a practice or way of life in antiquity and after; medieval Latin philosophy, especially Augustine and Aquinas; dialogues between philosophy and religion in antiquity and the middle ages; Kant and post-Kantian French and German thought; critical theories of sexism, racism, capitalism and other forms of social injustice; analytic moral and political philosophy, especially in the Aristotelian and Kantian traditions; issues in the philosophy of action and mind, including the nature of action, practical reason, and character; connections between these philosophical issues and related topics in social, developmental and cultural psychology; the philosophical problems raised by animals in ethics and the philosophy of mind; realism, representation and related topics in aesthetics; and ethical themes in fiction, biography and film.

I regularly teach the following courses at Bard: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy, History of Philosophy I and II, Political Theory, and Medieval Philosophy. In recent years I have taught advanced seminars on virtue ethics, Aristotle, and animal ethics. I also teach in Bard's First-Year Seminar.

I have presented my research at many universities in the U.S. and abroad, including Yale University, Temple University, Vassar College, Dartmouth College, Auburn University, Fordham University, the New School for Social Research, Universidad Carlos III (Madrid), Universidade de Lisboa, Université de Picardie (Amiens), Institut d'Histoire des Sciences (Paris), Saint-Petersburg State University, Universität Potsdam, and Nihon University (Tokyo). 

My first monograph, Character, was published by Bloomsbury Press in April 2017: www.bloomsbury.com/9781472574244

I am also co-editor, with James Conant, of the Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy, After Kant: The Analytic Tradition: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/webad.aspx?id=4294990310

Finally, I am a consulting editor and contributor to Diogenes Laertius: Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

My work has been published in a number of major philosophical journals, including Revue de Metaphysique et de MoraleReview of Philosophy and Psychology, British Journal for the History of Philosophyand Film and Philosophy. I am also a regular contributor to Revenant Quarterly, an online arts and culture magazine based in New York City: revenantquarterly.org

You can view my complete CV here.  

Recent news:

-The Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy, After Kant: The Analytic Tradition has now been officially released! Buy it from Amazon. 

-I will present my paper "Aristotle on the Archai of Practical Thought" at the annual meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University, Oct. 20-22, 2017.

-You can listen to James Conant and me discuss the analytic tradition on the Elucidations podcast. 

-I will present my paper "Aristotle on the Voluntariness of Vice" at the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Savannah, January 3-5, 2018

-The Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy: After Kant (two volume set) will be released on June 1, 2017

-My monograph Character (Bloomsbury) was released on April 20, 2017

-I will present my paper "Aristotle on the Voluntariness of Vice" at the University of Texas-Austin workshop in ancient philosophy, Feb. 24-25, 2017

-My article "Anscombe on Practical Truth" appears in the current issue of Klesis: http://www.revue-klesis.org.

-I gave a talk on Stanley Cavell and Hollywood melodrama, entitled "Pursuits of Unhappiness", at the New School for Social Research on December 14, 2016.

-My essay "Pottersville, U.S.A" was published in vol.2, issue 3/4 of Revenant Quarterly: www.revenantquarterly.org.

-My article "Virtue Ethics and Literary Imagination" is forthcoming in Philosophy and Literature

-I presented my paper "Aristotle on the Voluntariness of Vice" at the annual meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy in New York City, October 28-30, 2016

-My article "Aristotle on Vicious Choice" is forthcoming in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy

-My article "Aristotle on Virtue, Happiness and External Goods" is forthcoming in Ancient Philosophy

-I presented my paper "Aristotle on Vice by Choice" at the Third International Congress of Greek Philosophy at the University of Lisbon, April 20-22, 2016

-My essay "Domesticity and Disaster" was published in the inaugural issue of Revenant Quarterly: www.revenantquarterly.org.

-I presented my paper "Virtue and External Goods in Aristotle" at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association in New Orleans, January 8-11, 2015

-In May 2014, I presented my paper "Contingency and Immortality" as part of a conference on the Philosophy of Mental Time at Nihon University in Tokyo

-I presented my paper "Virtue Embodied and Embedded" as part of the Joint Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy and the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science at Fordham University-Lincoln Center, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

-I presented my paper "Rawlsian Congruence and the Legacy of Ancient Political Thought" at the conference "Ancient Ideas in the Contemporary World" at the Instituto Lucio Anneo Seneca, Universidad Carlos III Madrid, November 14-15, 2013

-My article "Platonic Ethical Skepticism" is forthcoming in The International Journal for the Study of Skepticism

Contact me:

Philosophy Program
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
(845) 758-7280