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Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Philosophy Program
Division of Social Science
Minot State University

ABOUT

I'm an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. Previously, I was a Visiting Postdoctoral Instructor in the Philosophy Department at the University of South Florida (USF). I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from USF in May of 2019. I study early modern philosophers like Descartes and Hume. I teach courses in philosophy, religion, and the humanities.

 

Take a look around. You can access my most up to date CV as well as some information about my research and teaching. Feel free to reach out through the Contact link—I'd love to hear from you.

 

RESEARCH

My dissertation, which I defended in March of 2019, is a historiographical study of the role of skepticism in the thought of Descartes, Hume, and other early modern philosophers. I argue that, for Descartes, though he utilizes skeptical argumentation in some of his philosophical works—for this he is well known—skepticism is actually a trivial philosophy. I also argue that although Hume is deeply influenced by skeptical philosophy, the kind of skepticism he espouses cannot be easily described as either Pyrrhonian or Academic. To support my arguments, in addition to examining the works of other early modern philosophers like Bayle and Charron, I analyze the writings of the “founders” of western skepticism, Sextus Empiricus and Cicero. The research I conducted for my dissertation is indicative of my strong interest in both the history of philosophy and early modern philosophy.

 
 

TEACHING

I primarily teach courses in philosophy, but I have also taught courses in comparative religions, the humanities, and interdisciplinary studies. Over the years, I have taught classes in a variety of settings: community college, small seminar classes, and large, lecture style courses. Recent courses I've taught include Critical Thinking; Introduction to Philosophy; Philosophy of Human Nature; Introduction to Ethics; Biomedical Ethics; Acquisition of Knowledge; Mental Illness, Suicide, and Moral Responsibility; Music and the Emotions/Music and the Screen; and Studies in Buddhism and Stoicism.

CV

You can access my CV HERE.

 
 

CONTACT

Division of Social Science
Minot State University

Old Main 202D
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58701

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