Summary: Philosophy of Mind/Metaphysics of Mind
I contend that Aristotle's philosophy of mind solves contemporary mind/body problems, such as the problem of mental causation, better than its contemporary competitors.
- MPhil Philosophy, University of St Andrews for a thesis entitled: "The Agential Fork: The Hidden Consequences of Agency for Plenitude in David Lewis' Thesis of Genuine Modal Realism" (2014)
- Conversion Diploma Philosophy, University of St Andrews (2012)
- BA Theology, LCC International University, included a thesis entitled: "Only A Matter of Time: An Irenaean Recapitulation of Seneca." (Summa Cum Laude) (2010)
My interests include, but are not limited to, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion.
- Fall 2015: HPSC 1040: Introduction to the History of Scientific Thought.
- Spring 2016: HPSC 1015 Magic, Science and Religion.
- Fall 2016: PHIL 3111 Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
- Fall 2017: PHIL 1250 How to Think Clearly and Argue Well
- Fall 2017: PHIL 2221 Ancient Philosophy
- Spring 2018: PHIL 2532 Philosophy of Religion
- Spring 2018: PHIL 1005 The Mind
- "Enmattered Thoughts: What Aristotle Had in Mind," Work-in-Progress talk at HPS Work-in-Progress Seminar, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, February 2017.
- "Mental Causation and (Contemporary) Hylomorphism: Why Aristotle's Version of Hylomorphism Does a Better Job of Solving the Problem of Mental Causation," Work-in-Progress talk at the Postgraduate Seminar, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, June 2016.
- "What Occurs at Time t During (Visual) Perception: Aristotle on Perceptual Awareness," Paper given at a Yorkshire Ancient Philosophy Network conference in Hull, England, March 2016.
- "The Imago Dei, Aristotelian Hylomorphism & Causation, and the Techne of Humanity," Paper given at the Ontology and History Conference in Delphi, Greece, May 2015.
- "Dancing on the Razor's Edge of Tuche and Techne: Defending the Stoics from the Charge of Contradiction," Work-in-Progress Talk, University of Leeds, December 2014.
- "The Implications of Plenitude in David Lewis' Abductive Argument for Genuine Modal Realism," Work-in-Progress Seminar, University of St Andrews, August 2013.
- "Dancing on the Razor's Edge of Tuche and Techne: A Defense of the Stoic Account of the Singular Telos of Human Beings," St Andrews Philosophy Undergraduate Reading Party, The Burn House, Angus, Scotland April 2012.
- "Here Today & Gone Tomorrow: A Theological Critique of Western-Styled Philanthropy and Volunteerism," 4th Annual LCC International University Academic Conference, April 2011.
Publications In Other Areas of Interest:
- "Mustard Seeds and the Eschaton: How an Aristotelian Metaphysics Solves the Paradox Between History and Eschatology" published in the edited volume: Mustard Seeds in the Public Square: Between and Beyond Theology, Philosophy, and Society (2017).
- Here Today & Gone Tomorrow: A Theological Critique of Western-Styled Philanthropy and Volunteerism Published in a peer-reviewed journal LCC Liberal Arts Studies/2011; Volume IV: Volunteerism and Philanthropy: Ideal or Ideology? (2012)
"Just For Fun" Publications for a General Audience:
- "The Self-Willed and Ignorant Law." To be published in a popular culture and philosophy edited volume entitled The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy (forthcoming, 2017).
- "Science and the Fantastic." To be published in a popular culture and philosophy edited volume entitled The X-Files and Philosophy (forthcoming, 2017).
- "The Ghost Is the Machine." To be published in a popular culture and philosophy edited volume entitled The X-Files and Philosophy (forthcoming, 2017).
- Russian: Fluent and working proficiency.
- Attic Greek: Beginner
- Latin: Beginner
- German: Beginner
- Spanish: Beginner
Other Roles, Past & Present:
- Reviewer for the British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy
- Coordinated a Reading Group in Fall Semester 2014; Aristotle's De Anima Book III.
- Student Representative for the ERASMUS Selection Committee for LCC International University (Fall 2008-Spring 2010)
My hometown is Great Falls, Montana in the United States. When I am not busy with philosophy, I spend time with my wife and three sons. My other interests include reading generally, and lately, in particular, I read 18th and 19th century novels from pretty much anywhere in Europe. I also enjoy writing fictional stories, mixed martial arts, and a variety of other sports. Also, I have a personal website, as well as a presence on Academia.edu account and Twitter.