Research


I have broad interests in epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and the foundations of cognitive science. I pursue these interests historically, by querying the European philosophical tradition from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. The focus of my work thus far has been Immanuel Kant’s philosophy, particularly his views on the nature of the mind and the forms of its manifestation, both rational and non-rational, in animal life. I have written on Kant’s views concerning the mind, perception, his theory of human reason and rationality, and the broader metaphysical and epistemological views with which these ideas are integrated. I’m also very interested in seeing what, if any, connections may be made between Kant’s positions and contemporary research programs in the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. In particular, I am interested in issues pertaining to the study of mental content, the nature and significance of self-consciousness, reasoning and rationality, and animal cognition.

Work in Progress

If you’re interested in a draft of any of the following please email me.

  • “Actuality and intuition”
  • “Hegel on the subjective nature of kantian thought”
  • “Reflection and reasoning”
  • “The unity of reflection”
  • “‘I am the original of all objects’: Apperception and the substantial subject”
  • “Definition and essence in the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science
  • “Kantian Conceptualism/Nonconceptualism.”

Upcoming Conferences & Presentations

  • May 2020. “TBA.” Conference on Kant on the Self, Princeton University.
  • February 2020. “On Pure Intuition and Actuality.” Central division of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago IL.
  • December 2019. “TBA.” Boston Area Kant Colloquium, Boston, MA.
  • June 2019. “Self-Consciousness and the Freedom of Thought.” China Kant Society, Peking University. Beijing, China.
  • February 2019. Author Meets Critics Session on Melissa Merritt, Kant on Reflection and Virtue. Meeting of the Central Division of the APA. Denver, CO.
  • November 2018. “On the Freedom of the Intellect.” University of Nebraska–Omaha. Omaha, NE.