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    Pascal's Wager ed. by Paul Bartha and Lawrence Pasternack (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (4): 755-756. 2019.
    This volume intends to offer contemporary philosophers and philosophy students a comprehensive introduction to the reception, readings, and influence of Pascal's Wager historically and today. The text is divided into three sections: the Wager's historical context and influence, critical engagements and appraisals of the Wager argument, and new discussions of the Wager in light of contemporary developments about probability, utility, and belief. In the Introduction, readers will discover a helpfu…Read more
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    Virtual Reality as Experiential Learning
    Teaching Philosophy 42 (1): 29-39. 2019.
    While the pedagogical benefits of experiential learning are well known, classroom technology is a more contentious topic. In my experience, philosophy instructors are hesitant to embrace technology in their pedagogy. A great deal of this trepidation is justified: when technology serves only to replicate existing methods without contributing to course objectives, it unnecessarily adds extra work for the instructor and can even be a distraction from learning. However, I believe, if applied appropr…Read more
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    The Essential Leviathan: A Modernized Edition (edited book)
    with Nancy Stanlick
    Hackett Publishing Company. 2016.
    This edition of _Leviathan_ is intended to provide the reader with a modestly abridged text that is straightforward and accessible, while preserving Hobbes' main lines of argument and of thought. It is meant for those who wish to focus primarily on the philosophical aspects of the work, apart from its stylish but often daunting early modern prose. The editors have updated language, style, punctuation, and grammar throughout. Very long, complicated sentences have been broken into two or more sent…Read more
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    L'Esprit du Corps: La Doctrine Pascalienne de L'Amour by Alberto Frigo (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (4): 730-731. 2017.
    The goal of this text is to give an exposition of Pascal's ethics, treatments of which are still rare and mostly outdated. Although the past few years have seen several new book-length works on various aspects of Pascal's philosophy, Frigo's monograph stands out for not merely perpetuating dated readings, but instead advancing the discussion with unprecedented historical research and drawing from recent developments.The general focus of the book is to uncover Pascal's moral philosophy by means o…Read more
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    Wagering with and without Pascal
    Res Philosophica 95 (1): 95-110. 2018.
    Pascal’s wager has received the attention of philosophers for centuries. Most of its criticisms arise from how the wager is often framed. We present Pascal’s wager three ways: in isolation from any further apologetic arguments, as leading toward a regimen intended to produce belief, and finally embedded in a larger apology that includes evidence for Christianity. We find that none of the common objections apply when the wager is presented as part of Pascal’s larger project. Pascal’s wager is a s…Read more
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    My dissertation focuses on the moral philosophy of Descartes, Pascal, and Spinoza in the context of the revival of Stoicism within the seventeenth century. There are many misinterpretations about early modern ethical theories due to a lack of proper awareness of Stoicism in the early modern period. My project rectifies this by highlighting understated Stoic themes in these early modern texts that offer new clarity to their morality. Although these three philosophers hold very different metaphysi…Read more