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Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Philosophy Program
Division of Social Science
Minot State University

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ABOUT

I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. Previously, I worked as a Visiting Postdoctoral Instructor in the Philosophy Department at the University of South Florida where I received my Ph.D. in May 2019. I study early modern philosophers, especially Descartes and Hume, and I teach courses in philosophy, religion, and the humanities.

RESEARCH

I have published a paper on Descartes' views about skepticism, and I am currently working on my first book project about the role of skepticism in early modern philosophy, which I hope to complete by fall 2023.

My dissertation 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 a trivial philosophy. I also argue that although Hume is deeply influenced by skeptical philosophy, the kind of skepticism he espouses cannot be accurately characterized as 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 originators of western skepticism, including 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.

 

In addition to my work in early modern philosophy, I have also published a paper for the online academic and news website, The Conversation, in which I argue that partisanship clouds our judgment even in the face of hypocrisy.

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TEACHING

I primarily teach courses in philosophy, but I also teach courses in comparative religions and the humanities. 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.

I was recognized for my teaching and service to the profession during the COVID-19 pandemic. A video about my experience piloting a flexible hybrid course can be found here along with a blog article I wrote here

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CONTACT

Division of Social Science
Minot State University

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

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