• This dissertation explores the emergence of repetition as a methodological concept in G. W. Leibniz's philosophical writings and G. W. F. Hegel's Science of Logic. I suggest that a confrontation with Leibniz's explicit reliance on the concept of repetition transforms our understanding of Early Modern philosophical methodology, a grasp of this transformation was an essential element in the formulation of Hegel's method and thus constitutive for the development of central aspects of German Idealis…Read more
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    Heidegger's Leibniz and abyssal identity
    Continental Philosophy Review 36 (3): 303-324. 2003.
    When Heidegger pursues his destructive interpretation of Leibniz's doctrine of judgment, he identifies a principle of abyssal ground and a concealed metaphysics of truth that undermine the priority of logic with respect to ontology. His reading turns on an account of Leibniz's methodological generation of metaphysical principles and the relation between reason and identity, which, I argue, is at once deeply flawed and extremely productive. This essay pursues the implications of Heidegger's quick…Read more
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    The Labyrinth and the Library
    Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 22 (2): 101-113. 2001.
    In the preface to his Theodicy, Leibniz describes the whole of his philosophical work as an attempt to follow Ariadne’s thread through “the two famous labyrinths in which our reason goes astray.” The first and best known of these—the labyrinth of freedom—concerns the relation between contingency and necessity in history. The second—and the one I want to discuss—is what Leibniz calls the labyrinth of the composition of the continuum. The problem itself is relatively simple: how can indivisible an…Read more