I'm 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 at USF, in both the Philosophy Department and the Judy Genshaft Honors College.
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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.
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. Some recent courses I've taught are Biomedical Ethics (in-person and online); Acquisition of Knowledge (in-person and hybrid); Mental Illness, Suicide, and Moral Responsibility; Music and the Emotions/Music and the Screen (hybrid); and Studies in Buddhism and Stoicism.